Images of Nyons

Nyons is the newest Named Village in the Rhône, since October 2020. I visited the area in 2019, but didn't take any photos as I didn't know it was going to be promoted at this stage! The following are images supplied by the Syndicat des Vignerons du Nyonsais. For the sake of completeness, I wanted to include some images on this site - it would be a shame to have photos of every appellation in the Rhône apart from one... I'll add further images of the people and terroir after I visit next year.






Images of the Diois

There are four appellations in the Diois: Clairette de Die (which equates to around 95% of all AOC wine), Crémant de Die, Coteaux de Die and Châtillon-de-Diois.


AOC Châtillon-en-Diois, in the far east of the region, makes still whites, reds and rosés from Burgundian varieties (and some Syrah).


Olivier Rey, president of co-operative Jaillance, which makes over 70% of AOC Clairette de Die, a sparkling white wine, usually sweet, made from at least 75% Muscat à Petits Grains Blancs and no more than 25% Clairette.


Marl vineyards at the centre of the Diois.


The other principal soil type is colluvial limestone scree.


Fabien Lombard of Domaine Peylong, one of the six producers to make AOC Coteaux de Die, a still, dry white made from 100% Clairette.


It was grey and wet when I visited, so here is a photo taken in sunnier conditions of Suze-sur-Crest © Juan Robert.

Images of Châteauneuf-du-Pape

The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape viewed from the east


Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with the ruined château in the background


The village of Châteauneuf-du-Pape - smaller and quieter than you might expect


Morning in Châteauneuf-du-Pape


The cellar of Château de Beaucastel


Blending at Château de Beaucastel


Emmanuel Reynaud of Château Rayas (taken 2015)


Jean-Paul Daumen of Domaine de la Vieille Julienne


Christophe Sabon of Domaine de la Janasse (taken 2016)


Didier Negron of Domaine Roger Sabon (taken 2015)


Joris Laget and Daniel Chaussy of Mas de Boislauzon


Jean-Paul Versino of Domaine Bois de Boursan


Matthieu Faurie-Grépon of Mas Saint Louis


Véronique Maret of Domaine de la Charbonnière (taken 2015)


Stanislas Wallut of Domaine de Villeneuve


Laurent Brechet of Château de Vaudieu


Vincent Estevenin of Domaine de Marcoux (taken 2016)


Jean-Claude Vidal of Domaine du Banneret


Tastevin at Domaine du Banneret


Henri Bonneau (1938 - 2016) (taken 2014)


Henri Bonneau's yard


Vineyards in the north of Châteauneuf-du-Pape near Rayas


Sunset at the château


Châteauneuf-du-Pape at dusk


Images of Cornas

The village of Cornas


Largely east-facing slopes at the southern part of the appellation - lieu-dit Combe on the left, lieu-dit Patou on the right


Olivier Clape, with lieu-dit Sabarotte in the background


The slope in the background features the south-facing lieu-dit Reynard (left side, in shadow) and the west and south-facing lieu-dit La Geynale (spread around the pyramid-shaped hill to the right)


Soils here is decomposed granite, the rocks easily crumble in your hands to coarse sand


The view to the south-east towards the ruined Château de Crussol in neighbouring Saint-Péray


Ploughs, presses and tanks in Thierry Allemand's winery


Thierry's son, Théo Allemand


Olivier's father, Pierre Clape


Bottles in the cellar at Domaine Clape


Images of Hermitage

The south-facing hill of Hermitage; the lower part is lieu-dit Les Bessards, the upper part is lieu-dit l'Hermite with the 'chapel' on top.


Standing in lieu-dit Les Greffieux, looking up at lieu-dit l'Hermite to the left, lieu-dit Le Méal to the right


Never-ending wall building and upkeep


The front of the chapel


The wine named after it


Caroline Frey, current owner of Paul Jaboulet Aîné


Domaine Marc Sorrel Hermitage rouge 'Le Gréal' - a contraction of the names of two lieux-dits: Les Greffieux and Le Méal


Marc Sorrel (taken 2015) retired in 2019, handing over the estate to his son Guillaume


Bernard Faurie


Faurie's tiny cellar underneath his house


Jean-Louis Chave (taken 2016)


How roots grow through granite on Hermitage


Images of Crozes-Hermitage

Standing in one vineyard, looking up at another - the southern part of Crozes-Hermitage is a series of alluvial terraces


Classic pebbly alluvial soils of the southern part of Crozes-Hermitage


David Reynaud (taken 2013)


Gaylord Machon


Emmanuel Darnaud (taken 2015)


Alain Graillot (taken 2014)


To the north of Hermitage, the terroir is very different, more sloping, with different soils types. These are fine, white clay soils known as kaolin in Larnage.


Laurent Habrard in Gervans, the northern part of the appellation


Laurent Fayolle of Domaine Fayolle Fils et Fille (taken 2017)


René-Jean Dard of iconic Natural wine producer Dard et Ribo


Images of Brézème and Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban

Officially these are AOC Côtes-du-Rhône vineyard areas, but use of the names either Brézème or Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban are tolerated on labels.


Looking south-east over the gently sloping clay limestone vineyards of Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban on the west bank of the Rhône


Looking west along the foot of the limestone hill of Brézème on the east bank of the Rhône


Charles Helfenbein


There are two other sub-regions within Brézème after the hill of Brézème itself, both of which have pebbly sand soils: Le David and La Rolière (pictured, looking north towards Saint-Péray on the other side of the Rhône)


Mathieu Piedade, winemaker at Château la Rolière, with the mountain range of Les Trois Becs dimly visible in the background to the left


Yves Mengin of Domaine des Quatre Cerises, who started replanting the hill of Brézème after it had largely been abandoned. His project began in 1984, and his first vintage was 1998.


Domaine des Quatre Cerises rouge

Images of Saint-Péray

Standing in the southern part of the appellation on granite vineyards, looking north-east towards the Rhône


Looking east towards the Montagne de Crussol, a long ridge of limestone with the Rhône flowing behind it. An exceptional terroir, increasingly covered in housing rather than vineyards.


Sandy granitic soils on flatter vineyards of Saint-Péray


Fabrice Gripa of Domaine Bernard Gripa in front of his top vineyard 'Les Figuiers', planted by his grandfather


Tasting some older vintages with Fabrice, including this 1997 Les Figuiers which still held some interest and pleasure


Images of Château-Grillet

Château-Grillet is the name of the producer, a property with its own appellation to the south-west of Condrieu. It's surrounded here by its vineyards.


The oldest part of the building dates back to 1760


The property is comprised of several parts of different ages


The vineyards, all Viognier, rise up in a vertiginous amphitheatre behind the property


The upper triangular section in this photo was recently acquired by Château-Grillet and is used for their new Condrieu 'Carthery' (the buildings pictured don't belong to them)


Technical director Jaeok Cramette


They also own some of the east-facing vineyards visible along the road to the left


The new extension of 0.25 hectares (rootstocks planted in 2016) overlooking the Rhône


Some old bottles


Images of Saint-Joseph

The pin shows the centre of the appellation, which stretches from the south of Condrieu to beyond Saint-Péray


Looking north from lieu-dit Le Paradis in the south of the appellation... The pyramid-shaped hillside to the left is lieu-dit Saint Joseph (which gives its name to the appellation). In the foreground, pruned canes are burnt in lieu-dit Les Oliviers. In the background is the hill of Hermitage rising up beyond the town of Tain L'Hermitage; you can just make out the white rectangular sign at the top.


Domaine Marsanne, also in the south of the appellation


Jean Gonon of Domaine Gonon in the south of the appellation on the right; Pierre Clape of Domaine Clape in Cornas on the left (taken in 2016).


Paul Estève of Domaine des Miquettes (taken in 2014).


A rare outcrop of Saint-Joseph limestone - lieu-dit Les Royes, Domaine Courbis


South-facing vineyards of Limony, towards the northern end of the appellation


South-facing vineyards of Chavanay, the far northern part of the appellation


Lionel Faury of Domaine Faury in Chavanay


Past master: Jean-Louis Grippat's first vintage was 1956. He retired in 2001 after selling his Saint-Joseph and Hermitage vineyards to Guigal.