Gigondas & Vacqueyras, walk and cycle in between two famous wine villages
Wander in the endless vineyards of Gigondas and Vacqueyras: a must for hikes and wine lovers' travelling to Provence!
The Dentelles de Montmirail region catch the eye because of their limestone cliffs and their crenelated needles. A range of peaks rises in the sky and offers great views while the lower part has been carved by the hands of men into terrain suitable for vineyards.
Set hillside at the foot this mountain, a few picturesque villages follow the wine season to produce some excellent well-known wines of the Rhone valley.
The village of Gigondas is beautiful to walk through, especially the labyrinth of tiny streets leading up to the church. Above the church, you will notice several monumental works of contemporary art, juxtaposing the 14th century ramparts in ruins…Gigondas became a famous wine-making village when Eugène Raspail went to Gigondas after his exile in Italy. In his chateau Raspail and later at the Domaine de Colombier that he inherited from his father. Republican, lawyer and geologist, by increasing the size of his vineyards and expertly exporting them to the other counties of France thanks to the Roquemaure port on the Rhône river, he helped the village become a recognized wine-making village of exceptional quality. It is the first – in 1971 – to become a “Cru” of the Côte du Rhône villages wines. 99% of the wines of Gigondas are red wines.
Vacqueyras, a roman settlement called Vallea Quadreria at first is also a very famous wine-making villages, located at only 3km away from Gigondas!
The village became French in 1791 after the French Revolution. It was later added to the Côte du Rhône appellation in 1937, before being upgraded to the Côte du Rhône village appellation in 1951 before later becoming in 1990 a A.O.C – a Protected destination of origin. The wine production is very strict as the vineyards most used certain types of grapes, respect a maximum hectolitre production and must do the “vendanges” – when the harvest the grapes – on vines of over 3 years old! 95% of the wines are red
Today, Gigondas & Vacqueyras are famous for its renowned red wine, second only to Chateauneuf du Pape in the region. A hike in the dentelles or a cyclcing tour in this area, between
Feel free to have a look at our walking and cycling tours around Vacqueyras and gigondas!
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