Vignerons Ardèchois Rosé- this is so delightful, authentic and approachable
“This tastes like everything’s going to be OK”— our favorite descriptor from our importer, Vinotas Selections.
These 30+ year old vines are planted to hillsides of rolled stony pebbles and iron-rich red soils in the area between Bourg Saint Andéol and Saint Remèze, just outside the 4,000 year old Monument of Giant Dolmens, West of the Rhône river.
Fermented in stainless steel, the wine is left on its lees 5-6 months, unfined and lightly filtered. It offers notes of red and rose flowers on a medium frame with soft red berry flavors that last through to a long finish with lovely persistence.
Vignerons Ardechois is a collective of wine producers and farmers located in the southern Ardeche with the aim of creating a supportive and sustainable environment, not only for the land of the Ardeche but for the farmers as well.
In 1967, the Vignerons Ardechois built their first winery, a shared facility where efficiency and solidarity were working hand in hand. Today, the collective has grown and now has training systems in place to help young farmers and winemakers learn the skills needed to work their own land with sustainable farming methods to contribute to health of the Ardeche with respect to the water, air, flora and fauna.
They are helping farmers with the installation of bat’s nesting-boxes which allow to fight naturally against certain pests of the vine, the plants seeding between the rows of vines to promote the presence of biodiversity in soils, the establishment of beehives next to some parcels of vineyards and the adaptation of cultural practices to preserve these species, and the establishment of a good neighbourhood charter to keep building a sense of community among local residents and grape growers.
From the foothills of the Cevennes mountains to the steep terraces of the Rhone Valley, the mosaic of terroirs and the altitude allows the vines to express all their freshness, richness and diversity.
The Mediterranean climate, enhanced by the Mistral wind which dries out the vineyard, offers exceptional conditions: summers are hot and dry, winters are mild. The rainy springs and fall seasons provide the reserve of water necessary for the growth of the berries.