Vinsobres, they are winegrowers, cooperators and winemakers invested in the development of a qualitative Cru, known and recognized throughout the world.
Tasting a bottle of Vinsobres is raising your glass to astonishing discoveries, to be captivated by unexpected sensations and at the end of the exploration, to offer your taste buds an unlikely trip!
As summer draws to a close, the traditional Ban des Vendanges (Harvest Proclamation festival) celebrates the arrival of the new vintage’s grapes. This traditional folk event signals the start of the harvest. Standing in the village square, dressed in “commanders’ uniforms”, the wine producers announce that the grapes have ripened and that the harvest shall now commence. After a tasting of the first press juices, the Vinsobres wine producers offer visitors a tasting of their finest wines.
The Ban des Vendanges originally served the purpose of collecting the “dime” or “tithe” that was due for the harvest. In Vinsobres this tradition had already existed “since time immemorial” back in 1309, and was recorded in an act passed in the presence of Autrand, a notary in Ventral, who entitled the Abbesses of Saint-Césaire d’Arles to collect this tithe. An act putting an end to the practice was passed in the presence of notaries, Fauvan and Lambertin, in 1606.
The act stipulated that “the dime on the harvests shall be collected on the thirtieth part” and that the “farmers and sharecroppers must bring the thirtieth part of their crops to the hall, using baskets, carts or other receptacles, excluding any fruit to be discarded.”
It was the role of the town authorities to determine the official start date of the harvest.
Held in July and August, Les Nuits Diviniques is a delectable combination of musical and tasting pleasure. Good food and wine lovers will enjoy this opportunity to meet with local producers and winemakers and try wines from the appellation as well as local specialities in the village’s main square. These specialities include olives and olive oils from Nyons, Biscuits from Provence, apricots and fruit juices, Picodon goats cheese, sausages and the famous croquettes from Vinsobres. All served with Vinsobres wines, of course!
The purchase of a tasting glass and a “winemaker’s platter” also allows participants to taste all of the appellation’s wines at their booths. Other dining options are also available.
For further information, please contact
Comité des Vignerons de Vinsobres – Christelle Magnard
Tel: 09 61 59 48 14
For those who want to get off the beaten track of the Rhône Valley, Vinsobres specifically embodies the singularity of wine. An unusual name, a remarkable Cru: Vinsobres.
Terre de Vins is a bi-monthly consumer magazine devoted to wine and gastronomy. The magazine recently featured the wines and vineyards of Vinsobres in an article on its walks and tastings.
The Vinsobres appellation was awarded Cru (AOC) status in February 2006 making it the very first appellation to receive this title in Provençal Drôme. 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of its achievement of this prestigious status.
In order to mark the occasion, a special cuvee, named ”L’Essentiel” was produced from a blend of 60% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 5% Mourvèdre and Carignan. Tastings were held on a barge that departed from the CCI trading port in Porte-lès-Valence, passing through Lyon, before arriving in Paris on the 30th of May last year. No less than 1,500 bottles sailed up the Rhône River.
The wine producers committee held an anniversary ceremony at Château de Deurre on Friday 3 June in the presence of local and regional representatives as well as those responsible for the management of the Cru.
“Obtaining Cru (AOC) status has enabled the appellation to evolve and gain recognition during the difficult conditions in the wine industry over recent years. It has also helped the work of our young wine producers, contributed to the development of new domaines in the appellation and caught the attention of key industry players such as the Perrin family” explains Pascal Jaume. “This positive dynamic has helped us to distinguish ourselves from the Villages appellations. We have significantly improved the quality of our wines by working closely with our terroir and respecting the environment.”
Summer in Vinsobres begins with the Gourmet Walk through the terroirs on Whit Sunday. This is an opportunity for participants to discover the appellation’s vineyards in a fun, laid-back atmosphere with good food and wines. Participants enjoy a walk through the woods, olive groves, lavender fields and vineyards and discover the appellation with breaks to taste local produce.
After the walk, participants are able to purchase the wines they have tasted during the day and taste the local produce of which our region is so proud. It is also the perfect opportunity to meet with the producers and find out more about their local specialities!
Walking shoes are advised
For further information
04 75 26 10 35