Vivarais, Côtes du

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Vivarais, Côtes du, wine region promoted to aoc status in 1999 on the right bank of the rhône immediately opposite grignan-les-adhémar in the wild and beguiling Ardèche. Widely dispersed vineyards on mainly limestone soils in a much cooler and wetter climate than the rest of the southern Rhône had fallen to 321 ha/793 acres by 2013. Most of the wine is light reds and rosés from Grenache and Syrah. A small amount of white is made, mainly from Grenache Blanc. Production is dominated by co-operatives, whose more profitable business may be producing varietal igp Ardèche from international varieties.