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Yes please, more white wines in the Rhone Valley

The demand for white wines is increasing. Not least in the Rhone Valley, a region most known for its red wine. But it is a region that also produces magnificent whites with grapes like roussanne, marsanne, viognier, clairette, bourboulenc and grenache blanc.

Today, about 80% of the production is red and only 6% is white.

But now the producers think it’s time to focus more on white wine. The initiative will start this year. With a new mapping tool (GIS), terroirs that are suitable for white wine will be identified. The goal is that the white wines will eventually constitute 30% of the production.

Most appellations in both the northern and southern Rhône make a small amount of white wine, around 10-15%. In some cases, such as white Hermitage and white Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the wines are highly sought after and exclusive. A few small AOPs are for white wine only: Saint Péray, Condrieu and Chateau Grillet.

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Chateau Grillet, Rhone Valley

Chateau Grillet, Rhone Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

Concrete fermentation tanks at Domaine du Sang des Cailloux, Rhone Valley,

Concrete fermentation tanks at Domaine du Sang des Cailloux, Rhone Valley, copyright BKWine Photography

Chateau de Beaucastel blanc vieilles vignes 1991

Chateau de Beaucastel blanc vieilles vignes 1991, copyright BKWine Photography

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