Rhone Pt 2 - Location and Climate Flashcards

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Q

Where is the Rhone Valley wine region located? Which areas border it?

A

In SE France between 44 and 45 deg N. It is bordered by:
Lyon and Beaujolais in the north;
Languedoc and Provence to the south;
Prealps to the east;
Mountains of the Massif Central to the west.

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2
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What length is the Rhone region? Between which cities?

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It is 120ml/192km N to S from Vienne to Nimes.

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3
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How many wine producing villages in the Rhone Valley?

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  1. It spans 6 departments.
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What are the three divisions of the Rhone Valley?

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Northern - from Vienne to Valence;
Southern - From Montelimar to Nimes;
Les Cotes du Rhone - from Vienne to near Avignon. It excludes all non-Cru AOCs.

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What can a producer in an AOC within the CDR zone of production do with their wine?

A

They can declassify from their AOC level to CDR AOC or bottle their wines as CDR AOC if they meet the production standards.

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Are the climate of the Northern and Southern Rhone the same?

A

No they are not but there are two common denominators - the Mistral and the Rhone River.

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How does the Rhone River impact the vineyards of the Northern area?

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The vineyards are situated on the steep slopes along the river banks and are therfore intensely affected.

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How does the Rhone River impact the vineyards of the Southern area?

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Because the vineyards stretch away from the river for up to 50miles, there is littke effect.

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How does the Mistral wind impact the vines of the Northern area?

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As the vines in the north are mainly the weker stemmed syrah, they are tied to teepee like structures for support. They will be on S/SE facing slopes for protection also.

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What name is given to the teepee-like structures suporting vines in the Rhone?

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Echalas

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How does the Mistral wind impact the vines of the Southern area?

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The Grenache vines are more sturdy and are strong caned. Thye are trained with untrellised gobelet close to the ground. They tend to fce South because of the wind direction.

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