|Type||Appellation d'origine contrôlée|
|Part of||Southern Rhone|
|Other regions in Southern Rhone||Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC, Gigondas AOC, Lirac AOC|
|Climate region||Mediterranean climate|
|Size of planted vineyards||1,300 hectares (3,200 acres)|
|Grapes produced||Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Muscardin, Counoise, Clairette, Bourboulenc|
|Wine produced||48,000 hectolitres (1,100,000 imp gal; 1,300,000 US gal)|
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Vacqueyras is a French wine Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the southern Rhône wine region of France, along the banks of the River Ouvèze.It is primarily a red wine region with some white and rosé wines being produced. Being a little brother of Châteauneuf-du-Pape and, arguably, Gigondas, the wine is moderately prestigious and can yield pleasing results when treated correctly.
Wine has been produced in the region since the 15th century. However records are sparse, reduced to mentioning large vineyards and a decree on how to keep hungry goats away from the grapes. Vacqueyras received the A.O.C. Côtes du Rhône Decree appellation in 1937 and as late as 1990, Vacqueyras was granted its own AOC, the first in the region since Gigondas in 1971 and the first of a number of candidates for that particular honour, recently bestowed to Beaumes-de-Venise and Vinsobres.
Climate and geography
Located only a few kilometers south of Gigondas, Vacqueyras shares much of the same terroir with vineyards located in 100–400 metres (330–1,310 ft) altitude. The best vineyards are found on Plateau de Garrigues. In the lowland, warmer temperatures result in more powerful and often inelegant wines.
Grapes and wine
The bulk (97%) of the wine is red. The red wine can be much like the wines from Gigondas but for some reason Vacqueyras rarely manages to match their northern sibling.
Vacqueyras is, like Gigondas, known for its power rather than its elegance. The backbone of the wine is Grenache, however producers of Vacqueyras use more Syrah than is used in Gigondas which can make the style seem cooler.
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- Jacques Fanet (2004). Great Wine Terroirs. University of California Press. p. 175. Retrieved 2011-10-29. "The River Ouvèze, notorious for its devastating floods, skirts around the northern end of the Massif des Dentelles de Montmirail, on its way to join the Rhône in Bédarrides....These picturesque slopes are home to the Vacqueyras AOC, southwest of the village itself, and the lower Gigondas vineyards."
- Niels Lillelund (2004). Rhône-Vinene. JP Bøger - JP/Politikens Forlagshus A/S. pp. 162–165. ISBN 87-567-7140-1.