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.