Wines of the Southern Rhone Valley: Romans, Aliens, and grapes from Colonel Gaddafi

The Rhone Valley. The place where Caesar’s men first made wine in France. The site of the Anti-Pope during the 14th century. Here you don’t just have an important river, you have a vital wind as well.

The Mistral might well be the reason that organic and biodynamic wines thrive in this region of Southern France. Its name comes from the old French dialect of Occitain, and means ‘masterly’. Its cold, often violent stream blows through Provence and into the Mediterranean. With the Mistral in their armoury, a winemaker won’t need to worry too much about pests or rot. Nature will protect the vines. And it has done so since

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