And now for something a little different – the wines of St Péray (07 Ardeche, ARA) are not often seen, but your chance comes in early September when they hold their wine festival 2 – 4 September 2022Fête des vins et du jumelage.
Saint-Péray is the southernmost part of the northern Rhône wine region just west of Valence.
The Rhône is predominantly associated with spicy red wines, but Saint-Péray is unusual for the region in producing sparkling white wines – although a little still dry white is also made. This arises because the climate is just a bit cooler and the soils a little richer than its neighbours at Cornas for example. This produces wines which are more acidic and lighter in alcohol – ideal for making fizz! The principal grape varieties are Rousanne and Marsanne. The wines are highly rated – the Guide Hachette des Vins de France describes Saint-Péray as one of the best sparkling wines in France!

The Wine Festival spreads over 3 days of festivities, including music, a festival queen, cycling, rambling, a market and wine fair. As they combine it with a Twinning festival with towns in Germany, Italy and Portugal the weekend has an international feel and offers something to attract all. For more details see
St Peray (07 Ardeche, ARA)
In the UK the excellent Yapp Brothers stock Saint-Péray : “Flavoursome dry, sparkling wine with a creamy mousse, and a bracing palate of mineral and nutty tastes with a lively citric zest and pleasant toasty aromas.”

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