One of the southern Côtes du Rhône named villages (i.e. can label its wine with the village name rather than as generic Côtes du Rhône) is Cairanne (84 Vaucluse, Provence).
In mid-summer the village of Cairanne holds its Wine Festival Fete du Vin 28 July 2019 – see https://vignerons-cairanne.com
A gathering of wine lovers from the southern parts of the Cotes du Rhone whine region.
A Market with thirty wine producers from Cairanne and surroundings : Rasteau, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de -Venise, Vinsobres, Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
The Festival welcomes a host of wine lovers, from the knowledgeable to the novice, who descend on Cairanne to follow the now-famous trail. A Provençal market featuring local artists and craftsmen added to the festivities, linking the top of the village to the bottom.
As always, there were 4 main hubs of activity, with 30 domaines and wine houses providing dedicated wine-tasting areas, food trucks for refreshment and live music to add to the fun, friendly atmosphere.
And as always, this is a perfect opportunity for winegrowers to showcase their appellation wines and chat to visitors about this latest addition to the Côtes du Rhône Cru family…
Cairanne is worth a visit at any time to explore the Vieux Village, the old village on top of the hill, which boasts well- preserved fortifications of the Knights Hospitalers dating back to the 12th century!
The climate here is Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers bringing excellent ripening potential to the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes used to produce most of the red wines
Sun-drenched hillsides, the scents of the garrigue, a mischievous river which changes its spelling… Cairanne is a delightful village, which comes into view around a rocky outcrop and charms visitors with its red, rosé and white wines. The strengths of the Cairanne appellation are a “village” feel, developed by wine-growers over several generations , and a warm, dry climate, which makes for harmonious, full-flavoured wines.
For more info see www.marcheauxvins-cairanne.fr/