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 to learn how to spot the local ones!
It is easy to see it while walking in the Drôme Provençale, the vine rubs shoulders with the olive tree. Before the 1960s, the olive was even one of the leading crops. But the frosts of 1929 and 1956 were so devastating that the olive trees gave way to the less fragile vine. The history of Vinsobres, a Côtes du Rhône cru, 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 which produce red wines of great intensity, with a characteristic freshness.
Between vineyards and olive trees, the work of passionate people who participate in shaping the landscape, culture, gastronomy...and who love to share their know-how!
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