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Vacqueyras

Vacqueyras is a predominantly red wine-producing appellation in the Southern Rhône, though some whites and rosés can also be found. It was the second of the Côtes du Rhône villages, after Gigondas, to be given its own appellation, in 1990. The blend is usually Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsaut. The vineyard area is about the size of Gigondas, covering nearly 1000ha. Vacqueyras tends to be a very powerful, rich wine, being at a lower altitude than Gigondas, and can be a bit heavier and less aromatic. Nonetheless there are a number of good wines, packed with character that make excellent value for money. Some particularly fine examples are made by Domaine Clos des Cazaux, Domaine de la Monardière and Chateau des Tours.