Wine of Saint-Joseph appellation
The vineyards of Saint-Joseph stretch from Chavanay south to Guilherand, covering about 50 kilometers (31 miles) along the right bank of the Rhône and extending into 23 villages in Ardèche and three in the Loire department. The light soils of schist and gneiss sit on a granite bedrock, and the vineyards mainly face south-southeast. The moderate continental climate here brings hot, dry summers and regular rain the rest of the year. The delicate, delightful wines grown here were already famous in the 16th century, and they were well loved by the kings of France. The Jesuits of Tournon gave the zone the name of Saint-Joseph in the 18th century, and it became an official appellation between 1956 and 1969. 

Saint-Joseph comprises about 1,000 hectares (2,471 acres) of vineyards that produce around 35,000 hectoliters of wine each year. The red wines grown here are almost exclusively Syrah, with an occasional addition of up to 10% Roussanne and/or Marsanne. These two white grapes are also used for the appellation's white wines. Red wine vinification is traditionally done with long vatting and an élevage of at least 10 months and up to two years in oak or chestnut barrels; white wines spend 15 days in open vats and age for several months before bottling. The stars of the appellation include M. Chapoutier, Delas Frères, E. Guigal, Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, and Domaine Ferraton Père & Fils.

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Domaine Ferraton - Saint Joseph La Source rouge 2016

Dauvergne Ranvier - Saint Joseph Les Racines du Ciel 2015

M. Chapoutier - Saint-Joseph Deschants rouge 2016

Pierre et Jérôme Coursodon - Silice rouge 2016

Pierre et Jérôme Coursodon - Le Paradis Saint-Pierre 2017

E. Guigal (Gamme Trésors) - Saint-Joseph Vignes de l'Hospice 2014

Yves Cuilleron - Saint-Joseph Lyséras 2017

Yves Cuilleron - Saint-Joseph Cavanos 2016

Pierre-Jean Villa - Saint-Joseph Saut de l'Ange 2017

Pierre-Jean Villa - Saint-Joseph Préface 2017

Ferraton Père et Fils - Saint Joseph Lieu-dit Bonneveau 2015

Domaine Ferraton - Saint-Joseph La Source Rouge 2015 (magnum)

Delas Frères - Saint-Joseph Sainte-Epine Sélection Parcellaire 2016

Domaine Guy Farge - Vania blanc 2016

Guigal - Saint-Joseph blanc 2016

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