Images of Côte-Rôtie

Dark schist over pale gneiss in lieu-dit La Côte Brune


Looking north-east: lieu-dit Fongeant is the central slope, that becomes lieu-dit La Côte Brune further down


The east-facing slope of lieu-dit La Côte Brune


Jean-Paul Jamet in front of his parcel of lieu-dit La Côte Brune


Lieu-dit La Landonne faces the river on a very steep slope, Ampuis in the background


Plentiful dark red iron oxide colouring in the schist of lieu-dit La Landonne


Schist on the left, gneiss on the right


Decomposed granitic sands, found at the far south of Côte-Rôtie near Condrieu


Pierre-Jean Villa


Pierre Rostaing


Yves Gangloff


Agnès Levet


Various vintages of La Péroline, Domaine Levet


An impromptu still life in the Guigal cellar


Syrah and Viognier cofermenting at Domaine de Monteillet


Ampuis at dusk


Images of Gadagne

Classic galet roulé soils of Gadagne


Xavier Anglès of Domaine du Bois de Saint Jean with a stone borne papale once used by the Avignon Popes to claim ownership of a vineyard


The village's full name is Châteauneuf de Gadagne, but AOC Châteauneuf-du-Pape (only 15km away) insisted only they should use the word 'Châteauneuf' on the label.


Terroir is similar to Chateauneuf-du-Pape; the bruyère à Balaï only grows in these two places


Céline and Sylvain Boussier of Domaine de la Chapelle


Images of Rochegude

The Château de Rochegude in the heart of the village


Sandy soils of Rochegude near the Massif d'Uchaux


Domaine du Gourget


Vincent Baumet with his old bushvines on Rochegude garrigues terroir, closer to Suze-la-Rousse


Inside the Château de Rochegude

Images of Signargues


The galets roulés of Signargues, the same deposits as those found in Châteauneuf-du-Pape


They go on for ever


Jean-Marie Granier of Les Vignerons d'Estézargues, one of the best cave co-operatives in the Rhône


Labels, old and new (two single estate bottlings from Les Vignerons d'Estézargues in the foreground)


Francis Fabre of Domaine des Romarins and president of the appellation. In the background, the village of Domazan is to your left, Estézargues to your right.


Bundle of grubbed up vines on the plateau of Signargues. Trunk diseases such as esca are a problem here, as they are throughout the region


Cave co-operative Les Vignerons du Castellas


Images of Massif d'Uchaux


Eric Plumet of Domaine la Cabotte


Domaine la Cabotte


Biodynamic water dynamiser at Domaine la Cabotte


Sandstone and limestone soils towards the north of Massif d'Uchaux


Pebbly sand and clay lower slopes towards the south of Massif d'Uchaux


Jérôme Hue of Domaine La Mas de Casalas


Robert (l) and Paul (r) Charavin of Domaine des Coteaux des Travers in their new vineyard towards the east of the appellation


Images of Saint-Maurice


One of the few things the village of Saint-Maurice has in common with Hollywood


Stony hills and valleys of Saint-Maurice


Philippe Viret of Domaine Viret


Spherical planting at Domaine Viret


Amphorae and porcelain spheres used as fermenting vessels at Domaine Viret


Thibaud Chaume of Domaine Chaume-Arnaud (l) and Adrien Fabre of Domaine la Florane (r) - the only two private domaines now producing AOC Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages Saint-Maurice. Both biodynamic.

Images of Roaix


Frosty morning in Roaix


Looking east over the village of Roaix to the Baronnies beyond


Pebbly red and yellow clays of Roaix


Damien Chave of Domaine du Bramadou at the top of the Ventabren massif, very pebbly soils


Franck Molénat, president of Cave co-operative Les Vignerons de Roaix Séguret


Elodie Balme of Domaine Elodie Balme


Pebbly clay soils of Roaix looking south east towards Séguret and the Dentelles de Montmirail


The Ouvèze river, swollen here by heavy autumn rains, marks the south-eastern boundary of Roaix

Images of Grignan-les-Adhémar


Château Bizard


The grounds of Château Bizard


Tanks and barrels in Château Bizard


Grignan-les-Adhémar vineyards with the Lafarge concrete works in the background


Garrigues vineyards in the northern part of the appellation


Henri Bour of Domaine de Grangeneuve, previous president of the appellation Grignan-les-Adhémar


Mélina Monteillet of Domaine de Montine


Alain Bayonne of Cave la Suzienne

Images of Saint-Gervais


Claire Clavel of Domaine Clavel, one of the few private estates bottling wine in AOC Saint-Gervais


Frédéric Sablayrolles, Director of Production at Celliers des Chartreux on the Soleillan plateau in Saint-Gervais. They bought the local cave co-operative in 2015 and now make one white and one red AOC Saint-Gervais.


Limestone soils of the Soleillan plateau, the smaller of the two high-quality plateaux in Saint-Gervais


Domaine Sainte-Anne, situated on the larger Cellettes plateau in Saint-Gervais


Jean Steinmaier of Domaine Sainte-Anne


Autumn sunset over the Cellettes plateau

Images of Suze-la-Rousse


The village of Suze-la-Rousse, Mont Ventoux in the background


The Château of Suze-la-Rousse, which now houses the Université du Vin


Flat, stony garrigues terroir of Suze-la-Rousse


Ann Vermeersch of LePlan-Vermeersch


Vincent Boyer of Domaine la Bastide and president of the appellation Suze-la-Rousse


Outcrops of sand at the north of the appellation


Raphaël Knapp of Domaine La Borie


Rémy (l) and Luc Bayon (r) of Domaine des Gravennes


Gilles Cotin, archive manager at the Université de Vin who is retiring this year. Thanks to Gilles and the Université de Vin for giving me access to their formidable library. The university trains the next generation of wine professional, from viticulture and winemaking to marketing and oenotourisme. It also has short courses open to consumers; check out their website for more details.