“C” appellations

Côtes du Ventoux

This large appellation is located in the southern reaches of the Rhône valley, sitting to the west of Avignon. Sandwiched in between many of the Côtes du Rhône-Villages and the Côtes du Lubéron, Côtes du Ventoux is known almost as much for being the starting point for the cold mistral winds found in the Rhône during wintertime as it is for the light and fruity red wines produced here. The soil is mainly limestone, though parts of this large area are covered with sand, gravel and bare rock.

Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut and Carignan are the major players here for both red and rosé wines, though most wines are mainly Grenache. Though the wines generally do not have the richness, intensity, spice and tannin of better known communes nearby, they can be a pleasant and easy-drinking treat when young. Small amounts of white wine is made primarily from the Clairette varietal with little fanfare.


France → Rhône → Southern Rhône

Appellation Type

French AOC

Wineries (3)

Château Pesquié
Domaine de Caravinserail
J. Vidal-Fleury

Wines (7)

J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Ventoux Rouge 2008 Côtes du Ventoux Red
Château Pesquié Terrasses Côtes du Ventoux 2005 Côtes du Ventoux Red
Domaine de Caravinserail Côtes du Ventoux Infine 2006 Côtes du Ventoux White
Domaine de Caravinserail Côtes du Ventoux Infine 2006 Côtes du Ventoux Red
Delas Frères Côtes-du-Ventoux 2003 Côtes du Ventoux Red
La Vieille Ferme Côtes du Ventoux Rosé 2004 Côtes du Ventoux Rosé
Delas Frères Côtes-du-Ventoux 2002 Côtes du Ventoux Red