The Vinsobres appellation is a wine recognized in AOC since 2005 (formerly included in the appellations Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages), and produced exclusively on the territory of the commune of Vinsobres, in Drôme. Size of planted vineyards in this appellation is about 13.85 square kilometers and produces 1,500,000 liters of red wine in each year, averagely. It is located on
The climate of this appellation is Mediterranean with continental influence. Summers are hot and dry, shaded by sometimes violent storms. Winters are snowy and cold, prolonged by frost in spring. The terroirs defined by the appellation are grouped on hillsides of stony marls rich in minerals, but especially sheltered from the mistral in the ravines formed by the Aygues, a tributary of the Rhone.
This implantation attenuates the drought of the vine in summer, and tempers the atmosphere in winter. The red wines (only) from Vinsobres are mainly obtained from Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre (a blend of at least two main grape varieties, including Grenache, which must represent at least 50%). They are powerful, robust and tannic wines, which benefit the sandstone assemblages of the alcoholic richness and the roundness of Grenache, or the coloring intensity and spicy aromas of Syrah. Like many red wines from the region, they have a long aging potential.
A part of important features of Vinsobres appellation for red wines are as follows:
- Soil: sandy soils on limestone and stony soils.
- Taste: Powerful, robust, tannic.
- Wine color: Red.
- Aromas: Spicy.
- Aging potential: 2 – 20 years.
- Serving temperature: 14 to 16° C
- Serving temperature: 8 to 10° C