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.

Images of Saint-Andéol


Philippe Faure, President of AOC Saint-Andéol, in vineyards overlooking one of its four communes, Saint-Marcel-d'Ardèche


Most of the soil in the appellation consists of galets roulés on hillsides. The winery with the cylindrical tower in the background is Domaine Saladin


Roland Terrasse of Château Rochecolombe


There is a small zone of clay limestone soil in AOC Saint-Andéol - these are the lower terraces at Château Rochecolombe...


... and these are the higher ones, where the limestone is closer to the surface


Frédéric Dorthe of Domaine du Chapitre


Looking towards the commune of Bourg-Saint-Andéol

Images of Rousset-les-Vignes and Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes


The little village of Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes


The massif de la Lance, marking the limit of the Côtes-du-Rhône growing area


Jean-François Julian (l), president of the Cave Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes, and Philippe Barral (r) a member of the cave


Philippe's vineyard, 400m up in the clay limestone hillsides of Saint-Pantaléon, with the Lance massif in cloud


Bruno Gigondan of Domaine Gigondan, one of the two producers to bottle AOC Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes, along with the cave co-op


Neighbouring Rousset-les-Vignes


Sandstone soils of Rousset-les-Vignes, known locally as 'safre'


Wild thyme growing on safre


Belgian Jean T'Kint of Domaine la Banate, one of the three producers of AOC Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rousset-les-Vignes


Stéphane Barnaud of Domaine la Bouvade, the second producer of AOC Côtes-du-Rhône Villages Rousset-les-Vignes (the third is the cave co-op)


A refreshing glass of Côtes-du-Rhône rosé from by the Saint-Pantaléon-les-Vignes cave co-op at L'Auberge in Saint-Pantaléon

Images of Duché d'Uzès


Eastern part of the appellation, near the town of Uzès


Typical limestone soils


Patrick Chabrier of Domaine Chabrier


Michel Souchon, president of AOC Duché d'Uzès and president of Cave Durfort


Luc Reynaud of Domaine Reynaud


Western part of the appellation, approaching the Cevennes mountains


Nicolas Souchon of Mas des Volques


Nicolas Olivier of Domaine le Sollier, the most westerly estate of the appellation

Images of Costières de Nîmes and Clairette de Bellegarde


Classic Costières de Nîmes galets roulés soils


Cyril Marès of Mas Carlot and Mas de Bressades shows off a big one!


The Abbatiale Saint-Gilles du Gard in the town of Saint-Gilles


Anne and François Collard of Château Mourgues du Grès


Clairette rose from a book by H. Marès (an ancestor of Cyril Marès) written in 1890


Bruno Manzone of Domaine Manzone, president of the appellations Costières de Nîmes and Clairette de Bellegarde, and president of local co-op Vignerons Créateurs. Looking here rather like a New York baseball coach :)