Luberon AOC

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Luberon AOC
Wine region
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TypeAOC
Year established1988
Years of wine industry2,000
CountryFrance
Part ofRhône Valley
Climate regionmediterranean
Soil conditionscalcerous marl, Miocene sands and molasse
Size of planted vineyards2,712
No. of vineyards450
Grapes producedGrenache noir, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Carignan, Counoise noir, Gamay noir, Pinot noir, Clairette blanche, Grenache blanc, Ugni blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne
Wine producedred, white, rosé
CommentsData from 2005

Luberon (known as Côtes du Luberon until 2009) is a French wine-growing AOC in the southeastern extreme of the Rhône wine region of France, where the wines are produced in 36 communes of the Vaucluse département. The neighbouring appellation of Ventoux AOC stretches along its northern border and is separated by the Calavon river. The southern limit of the region is marked by the Durance river.

Economy[edit]

The Luberon wines are produced by a total of 495 concerns which include 480 growers, 55 private wineries, 14 cooperative wineries, and one producer/merchant. The vineyards are in the communes of Ansouis, Apt, La Bastide-des-Jourdans, La Bastidonne, Beaumont-de-Pertuis, Bonnieux, Cabrières-d'Aigues, Cadenet, Castellet, Cheval-Blanc, Cucuron, Goult, Grambois, Lacoste, Lauris, Lourmarin, Maubec, Ménerbes, Mérindol, Mirabeau, La Motte-d'Aigues, Puget, Puyvert, Robion, Saignon, Saint-Martin-de-Castillon, Saint-Martin-de-la-Brasque, Sannes, Taillades, La Tour-d'Aigues, Vaugines, Villelaure, Vitrolles-en-Luberon.[1]

Wines[edit]

A red wine from the Côtes du Luberon.

Red wines are made from Grenache noir and Syrah (minimum 60%, of which Syrah minimum 10%), Cinsault (maximum 20%), Carignan (maximum 20%) other accepted varieties are: Counoise, Gamay noir, Mourvèdre, Pinot noir.

Rosé: The same varieties are used as for the red, and up to 20% of the allowed varieties for white wine may be used.

White wines from Ugni blanc (maximum 50%), Roussanne & Marsanne (combined maximum of 20%), Clairette blanche, Grenache blanc, Vermentino, and Bourboulenc.

The minimum alcohol content for all three colors is 11%.

History[edit]

The wines received AOC status in 1988, under the name Côtes du Luberon. The name change to Luberon took place on 23 September 2009.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Luberon AOC". Institut national de l'origine et de la qualité (INAO).
  2. ^ Côtes du Luberon (A.O.C), Vins Vignes Vignerons, accessed 2019-09-29

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