appellation obtained AOC status in 1973, the culmination of many centuries of wine growing heritage and tradition. In 2008, the current appellation replaced that of Côtes-du-Ventoux, without significantly changing the nature of the appellation. The appellation’s geographical area extends mainly south of Mount Ventoux and Les Dentelles de Montmirail, running near the Vaucluse Mountains, as far as Cavalon.
Located in a "Biosphere Reserve" site listed by UNESCO in 1990, the terroir benefits from this rich natural environment.
The Ventoux appellation’s soil consists of three types: red soils resulting from the breakdown of limestone, or soils consisting of a mixture of sand and ochre-coloured clay, or detrital soils and limestone scree from the mountain. Combined with the Mediterranean climate and slight influences associated with the variation of valleys, mountains and plains, the Mount Ventoux terroir gives rise to wines with multiple nuances.
The wines of Ventoux are primarily red (although rosé, and occasionally white wines, are also produced) and are essentially made from Grenache Noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Carignan. The Ventoux reds typically possess a supple character and wealth of aromas. The wines produced by domaines such as Xavier Vins, Château Unang, Domaine de la Brunely and Terra Ventoux are contributing to the growing reputation of the Ventoux appellation.
More informations on the website of the wines of Ventoux