Ambitious cooperatives in the Rhône Valley merge

Two ambitious cooperative in the southern Rhone Valley have merged. It is the Caves des Vignerons de Caractère in Vacqueyras and Balma Venitia in Beaumes de Venise. There are both quite small cooperatives that work well and are investing heavily in sustainable wine growing. Together, they will account for 8 million bottles of wine from Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes de Venise, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise etc.

The new union will be called Vignerons des Dentelles. A suitable name, since both have the impressive mountains les Dentelles de Montmirail just around the corner.

The region around the Dentelles Mountains is perhaps the most beautiful part of the southern Rhone Valley. The villages are very picturesque. It feels as if time has stood still for the last few hundred years. Around the villages are the vineyards, sometimes also olive groves and fruit orchards. And not least, here the qualities of the wines have improved enormously the last 5-10 years.

If you are in the area, don’t forget that both cooperatives in the Vignerons des Dentelles have superb, high class restaurants.

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And if you ever feel tempted to go visiting the vineyards in the Southern Rhone valley, know that BKWine does wine tours to the Rhone Valley, including Vacqueyras, Chateauneuf, Gigondas and much more.

The Gigondas village, Rhone

The Gigondas village, Rhone, copyright BKWine Photography

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