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Everything you've always wanted to know about wine but were afraid to ask.

If you have just arrived in the region, start your discovery of the land with the Château de Suze-la-Rousse. More than a superb medieval fortress, it houses an interesting museum trail dedicated to wine and its history in the Drôme.

But that's not all! It is also home to a renowned wine university which has planted 70 grape varieties in this vineyard garden. Handy for learning how to spot the local ones!

You can see it quickly when walking in the Drôme Provençale, the vine is next to the olive tree. Before the 1960s, olives were even one of the leading crops. But the frosts of 1929 and 1956 were so devastating that the olive trees gave way to the vines, which were less fragile. The history of Vinsobres, cru des Côtes du Rhône, is emblematic of this reversal. So much so that the village of the same name is today perched in the middle of an amphitheatre of vines that produce red wines of great intensity and characteristic freshness.

Between vineyards and olive groves, the work of enthusiasts who participate in shaping the landscape, to culture, to gastronomy...and who love to share their know-how!

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