Estates / Domaine Estezargues



Armelle Rouault

REGION: Southern Rhone

Les Vignerons d'Estezargues is a cooperative that is based in the village of Villeneuve-les-Avignon in the Gard region of the southern Rhône Valley in France. The project was started in 1965 as a cooperative of ten independent vignerons who farmed a total of 420 hectares. At the start of the project, the grapes were grown by the members who then blended all of the harvest from the different vineyards together with the focus being more on quantity rather than quality. 

The approach changed dramtically in 1995 when Les Vignerons d’Estézargues decided to take a fundamentally different approach toward their winemaking techniques. It was decided that the ten different growers in this co-op would vinify their wines separately and make single cuvées from their best plots. On the heels of the single cuvée project, Les Vignerons d’Estézargues began to practice natural winemaking – possibly one of the only co-ops in the world to do so. They use no cultured yeasts, no filtering, no fining, and no enzymes during vinification or aging. Minimum sulfites are added when the wine is bottled.

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Wine Region: 

Southern Rhone

Compared to Northern Rhone, Southern Rhone is significantly larger. Ninety-five percent of all wines in Rhone come from Southern Rhone, with an average vintage totalling up to 380 million bottles per year. 

The hot and dry climate of Southern Rhone – in comparison to the northern portion – hosts fifteen grape varieties under Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Droughts, limited irrigation, and the various terroirs and microclimes in the region produce a diverse range of wines. Due to wine fraud in the 20th century, viniculturists were forced to create and impose the AOC system. Thus, said AOC originated in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.  

In general, Southern Rhone wines are more alcoholic, yet lighter and fruitier than wines from Northern Rhone. Orchard fruit flavors with Provencal herb notes and spicy accents are prevalent in the rose, sparkling, and red and white wines made in the area.  

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Grenache Blanc 

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