Grapes at Domaine Leduc-Frouin

ripening grapes in the Loire

ripening grapes in the Loire




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Northern Rhone Wine Fair

The wine town of Ampuis (69 Rhône, ARA) celebrates the wines of the northern Rhône valley with its Marché aux vins d’Ampuis  18 – 21 January 2019 – now in its 91st year!

Ampuis wine market poster 2018This is the land where Syrah is king (Côte-Rotie, Hermitage) – rich,elegant red wines so different from the wines of the southern Rhône valley.  The continental climate of the northern Rhône contrasts with the much warmer Mediterranean climate of the south and tends to produce wines with more of a floral character. Viognier can also be in the blend, and is used for the richly aromatic dry white Condrieu.

The vines are grown on the steep-sided slopes of the Rhône  river south of Vienne.

The wine market features 60 wine producers from Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Saint-Joseph, Cornas, Hermitage, Saint-Péray and Croze-Hermitage.

For more info on the Northern Rhône wine market see www.marche-aux-vins-ampuis-cote-rotie.com/

Stay at a winemaker-owned hotel in AmpuisHotel Domaine des Vignes

There is also a northern Rhône wine festival at Tain (26 Drôme, ARAin February. see Tain Wine Festival

By Train/TGV TGV to Vienne (8km/5 miles) by Loco2.com