The Cairanne AOC
vineyards are located in the département of Vaucluse, at the foot of the village of Cairanne. They have extended towards Le Plan de Dieu and the Aigues plain since the 15th century. The vineyards flourished in the Middle Ages under the influence of the Templars and then the “Hospitallers” of Saint-Jean-de-Jérusalem. Cairanne was named Cotes du Rhone Cairanne in 1953 and then became Cotes du Rhone Villages Cairanne in 1967. It has recently obtained full Cairanne AOC status.
The soils of Cairanne are composed of red earth over sandstone, stony clay terraces, and skeletal soils packed with sandy molasses. The vineyards enjoy a typical Mediterranean climate and cover an area of around 920 hectares.
The red and rosé Cairanne wines come from a minimum of 50% Grenache and a minimum of 20% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre. Up to a 20% maximum of the appellation’s other varieties are also permitted. Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, Marsanne Blanche, Roussanne Blanche, Bourboulenc Blanc, and Viognier Blanc are primarily used for the white Cairanne wines. Among the wines from this appellation, those produced by Maison Perrin & Fils are particularly worthy of note.
More informations on the website of the wines of Cairanne