Cru Vacqueyras

The History of Vacqueyras

A vestige of the Roman world, the village of Vacqueyras (Vaqueiras in Provençal) takes its name from the Latin “Vallea Quadreria” which means “the Valley of Stones” characteristic of its stony soils and steep hillsides.

It was in 1937 with the creation of the INAO (National Institute of Origin and Quality) that the Village was recognized as a Côtes du Rhône appellation area. Following the commitment of its winegrowers, the village became part of the generic classification of “Côtes du Rhône Villages” in 1955. Then, with its name of commune in 1967. Finally, Vacqueyras acquired its letters of nobility by reaching the rank of Cru des Côtes du Rhône on August 15, 1990 for its three colors.

Under our feet…

A mosaic of numerous plots of land located on the Plateau des Garrigues, the Ponche, and the Dentelles foothills. The terroir is characterized by soils from the ancient quaternary period made up of pebbles, gravels, safres, sand and clays. Bathed in sunlight and exposed to all winds, the white stony terraces of different thicknesses offer the vine a rich subsoil from which to draw their singularity: a complex and harmonious minerality, wines of incomparable velvet!

The vines produce only a low yield of 25 to 35hl per hectare to preserve the quality of the wines rather than the quantity and the vineyard is pruned in cordon de royat for the great majority, in gobelet for the grenaches.

Red & Rosé wines

The Red Wines are mainly blended of Grenache Noir (at least 50%), Syrah and Mourvèdre (at least 20%) to represent a minimum of 90% in total. These grape varieties associated with this unique terroir give birth to wines with powerful aromas. We also find spicy notes, even smoky with good length in the mouth.

The Rosé version is made with the same grape variety and gives fruity and greedy aromas. The richness and complexity of Vacqueyras Rosés make them excellent gastronomic wines.

The white wines…

The Vacqueyras Blancs are blended wines made from Clairette, Grenache blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne and the famous Viognier. The wines are very floral with notes of acacia and broom. These are rare wines with great finesse and gastronomic profiles.