The famous sailors who, from father to son, sailed between “Kingdom and Empire” were recruited in Condrieu
. Later on, the coopers who produced the tonnage barrels used in Côte du Rhône settled in the area. In the 15th century, Condrieu wine was served at feasts and offered to noble personalities. Nowadays its lesser known semi-sweet wines are treasures of subtlety and flavour. Condrieu
was made an AOC wine in 1940.
The Condrieu appellation covers 7 communes, all located on the right bank of the Rhône and straddling three départements: Rhône, Loire and Ardèche. The vineyards grow on steep granite slopes overlooking the river, making mechanization impossible. The climate is temperate continental, hot and dry in summer, with regular rainfall in the other seasons. The Condrieu appellation has drawn up a complete cartography of its wine producing area along with all the lieux- dits (small local spots) which enrich this Côtes-du-Rhône AOC. Within these terroirs, we would single out M. Chapoutier, E. Guigal, Georges Vernay and Delas Frères for the quality of their wines.
More informations on the website of the wines of Condrieu