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Will Ventoux Wines Become Côtes du Rhône?

The smooth, bold red wines that fall under the Ventoux AOC, formerly known as Côtes du Ventoux, are distinct from the neighbouring Côtes du Rhône wines. I actually prefer them, but again I am no expert on wine or anything for that matter.All I know is that I like the wines of Provence, especially those known as Ventoux.

Read the original Cobblestones and Vineyards article for details on the Appellation Côtes de Ventoux wines and the possibility of a transition to the umbrella of Côtes du Rhône AOC classification. Time will tell, but for now, discover Cheryl’s “wine of the trip.”

AOC Ventoux Wines

The diversity of climate, soil and elevations also translates into prime land for agriculture. Below the summit of Mont Ventoux, there are cherry and stone fruit orchards, olive groves and thousands of grapevines. Discover the AOC vineyards of Mont Ventoux. The wines of the Côtes du Ventoux vineyards achieved AOC status in 1973 for their winemaking expertise. Thus, an excellent place to start your education about these wines is at the cooperative.

Cave TerraVentoux (website)
Caveau de Villes-sur-Auzon
253 route de Carpentras
84570 Villes-sur-Auzon
Telephone: +33 (0)4 90 61 79 47
This cooperative winery is the first to create biodynamic wines.
They have a selection of wines produced by the cooperative and participating vineyards.

In 2010, Côtes du Ventoux was rebranded as AOC Ventoux. There are 6,700 hectares of vines cultivated in this area of the Southern Rhône Valley. The region is divided into three distinct regions from north to south: the Malaucène basin, the Carpentras amphitheatre and the southern section closest to the Luberon vineyards.


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Cheryl Shufflebotham

Although, Cheryl and her husband live in upstate New York, she tells us that she is always yearning, planning, maneuvering to make her way back to France.

Cheryl's love for France started almost eleven years ago with "a once in a lifetime" ten-year anniversary trip. These wannabe expats have been back every year since that trip!

Cheryl's first French love is the region of Burgundy, but then a few years ago, she discovered Provence. Now she admits that she is torn between Burgundy and Provence. It sounds like Provence has her spellbound, "I can’t quite put a finger on what it is about Provence, but its intoxication keeps luring me back for more."

Cheryl started her blog Cobblestone and Vineyards to explore the simple charms of France, those small details that capture the heart.

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