"Vinsobres or sober wine, drink it soberly"

Passionately cultivated by young winemakers that brought with them new ideas from their travels, Vinsobres wines owe their richness to the assembly of the qualities of richly varied, complementary terroirs.

  1. Fresh and fleshy, Vinsobres offers up an accomplished jigsaw of oak trees, hillsides, plateaux and little islands with delightful, protective shade.
    Christophe Tassan

    Sommelier and Rhone Ambassador

    "Vinsobres or sober wine, drink it soberly": this was the motto of Monseigneur de Suarès (bishop of Vaison and a staunch fan of these wines) in 1633, describing this Cru from Drôme Provençal, a wine that is as balanced as it is aromatic. Passionately cultivated by young winemakers that brought with them new ideas from their travels, Vinsobres wines owe their richness to the assembly of the qualities of richly varied, complementary terroirs. The appellation's soil here are very stony, red to brown in colour, and their warmth allows the vines to flourish early with a high concentration of grapes. Made mainly of Grenache and Syrah, they produce dark red wines with a complex, harmonious nose with spiced flavours that are suitable for ageing.

    Grape varieties

    The Côte du Rhône's traditional grape, Grenache, represents 72.34% of plantations in the area.Syrah, a variety that is particularly successful on the cooler plots, represents 18.23%.Vinsobres balanced wines present silky, elegant tannins, guaranteeing excellent ageing. Fat, round, and long in the mouth, they are generous and full... They give aromas of fresh and cooked fruits. The young wines contain notes of cherry and blackcurrant, evolving into Morello cherry and blackcurrant jam, pepper, herbs, and spices.

  2. History

    A fiefdom of the Montaubans, the dauphins, the Princes of Orange and Urre, Vinsobres was first settled by the Romans.The name Vinsobres comes from Vinzobrio, the oldest recorded version form from 1137.It comes from the pre-Celtic vintio (height), and the Celtic suffix briga (mountain).

    In 1633, Joseph Marie de Suarès spoke the motto that is today used by all of the terroir's winemakers:"Wine sober or sober wine, drink it soberly". Until 2006 the appellation was part of Côtes du Rhône Villages, when Vinsobres red wine became the first local appellation of Côtes du Rhône in Drôme Provençal.

    View the decrees granting appellation status (INAO)

    Birth of AOC Vinsobres
  3. Geography

    The appellation covers a mere 5 miles of hillside in Vinsobres, in Drômes Provençal.


    Climate with a Mediterranean influence. Summers are hot and dry owing to the high latitude and subtropical anticyclones, and are peppered with occasional violent storms. Vinsobres receives a very high amount of sunshine.

  4. Soils

    Facing north-east and south-west, and reaching up over 500m, the terroir of the Vinsobres hills is characterized by an enormous diversity of soil: their potential and rich character provide all of the wine's complexity, and their complementary nature produces harmonious wines. Vinsobres is characterized by a distribution of classes with a homogeneous altitude, from 184m to 509m, for an average height of 329m.

    The AOC's terroir is found between Valréas Miocene sedimentary basin, and that of Aygues basin - the Mediterranean mountain stream that is millions of years old, carrying large clastic rocks from the Alpine slopes.

    Four types of soil lie atop each other... Between 10m and 50m above the bed of the Aygues, the terroir is made up of moderately sloped shelves or hillsides. Then between 230m and 260m, 260m and 350m, and above 350m: the high hillsides that dominate the alluvial sections are composed of Mid- and Upper Miocene deposits.

    These marls, or sandy marine and continental marls, are crowned with marls and Miocene conglomerates that are especially rich in base elements. These elements were cut, and then packed during the Pliocene period by conglomerate marls to the north-east of the village. The summits of the hills are made of very stony plateaus.

  5. Key figures

    surface area

    441 hectares

    Total production

    12 393 hl


    • 100% Red


    12 453 hectolitres


    42% exported abroad

    Average yield achieved

    28 hl/ha

    *Export figures according to the most recent research

    Source : Harvest statement 2013