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Area named after the municipality of the same name in the southern section of the wine-growing region Rhone, The vineyards cover around 900 hectares of vines, mainly in the municipality of Rasteau, but also to some extent in the municipalities cairanne and Sablet in the department Vaucluse, With regard to the classification, a distinction must be made between red wines (AOC and Cru only since the 2009 vintage), white wines and rosé wines (both are considered Cotes du Rhone-Villages marketed) and Vin doux naturel (AOC since 1944). The climate is Mediterranean, the often occurring mistral leads to sensitive cooling. The surfaces of the high-class wines face south and are shielded from the mistral. The vineyards are located on the slopes of Montagne de Ventabren on soils made of pebble and greyish limestone with a base of reddish clay.
Depending on the grape variety and vinification, they are produced in different shades, which are called ambré ( Amber ), blanc (white), grenat ( garnet ), rosé and tuilé ( brick-red ). The red version goes through one maceration and mostly consists of 100% Grenache Noir. The rosé is made using Saignée method generated. The Ambré and Tuilé wines are in contact with the air in wood or in tanks expanded oxidatively, These are called Rancio (matured at least 12 months) or Hors d'Age (Vintage cuvée, the youngest wine must be at least five years old). These have a special aroma of dried fruit.
Well-known producers are Domaine Beaurenard, Domaine Didier Charavin, Domaine de Girasols, Domaine Beau Mistral, Domaine de la Grangeneuve, Domaine Bressy Masson, Domaine Gourt de Mautens, Domaine la Soumade, Tardieu-Laurent, Domaine des Coteaux des Travers and the WG Cave de Rasteau with over 50% production share.