From Roman times to the present day, the Rhone Valley has always been a very popular place for wine lovers. Numerous archaeological excavations have shown that there are many traces of trade, transport and wine production all along the Rhone. These researches also establish that the “Côtes du Rhône” would be one of the first wine regions in the world.
In the Middle Ages, it was the clergy and the papacy who took over much of the wine production and trade in the Comtat Venaissin (except the northern Rhône). They will develop on a large scale the quantity and the quality of the Rhône wines and will also make them famous!
In order to prevent fraud and wine smuggling during its marketing, in 1650 a regulation was issued to protect the authenticity and quality of the wines marketed. In 1737, an edict of the King of France prescribed that all barrels intended for sale and transport must be fire-marked with the letters “C.D.R.” for Côtes du Rhône. This notoriety will increase and take shape in 1937 with the consecration of the AOC – Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée – Côtes du Rhône.