Côte-Rôtie: “an extreme act of nature, a rare jewel”

An extreme act of nature: Côte-Rôtie is characterised first and foremost by the extraordinary nature of its very steep hillsides.

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The Côte-Rôtie winegrowers’ association

This website has been created by the Côte-Rôtie winegrowers’ association.
Solidarity amongst wine growers is not something new. We know that a brotherhood of winegrowers existed in 1678, in the reign of Louis XIV. However the present association was founded in 1953.

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History tells us that vines have been cultivated here since ancient times. Two thousand years ago, Latin authors such as Martial, Pliny the Elder and Columelle and the Greek Plutarch celebrated Côte Rôtie wine under the name “wine from Vienne”.

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Grape varieties and Climate


An outstanding wine, Côte-Rôtie is the only appellation in the northern Côtes du Rhône to be allowed to add Viognier to Syrah.

Côte-Rôtie wines are therefore made up of Syrah (minimum 80 %, maximum 100%) and are supplemented (or not) with Viognier (minimum 0%- maximum 20%).

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The Côte-Rôtie vineyards are situated on the hillsides on the right bank of the river Rhône. The slopes sometimes exceed 60%. The vineyards are situated at an altitude of between 180 to 325 metres.

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