The Vineyards

 

Situated in the historic heart of the biggest wine-producing region of the world, the territory of the Vicomté extends over a small hilly part of the country, in the northern foothills of the plateau of Aumelas.

 

Also known as the "Golden Valley", the Vicomté reunites inhabitants from the heart of the Valley of the Hérault.

 

This region forms a vast amphitheatre buttressing a succession of mountain ranges from the Pyrenees in the Cévennes, to descend into the Mediterranean and crossing a multitude of geological landscapes dating from the Primary to the Quaternary era.

 

It has long been known that vines and olive trees are the only cultures able to survive the hot dry summers of the area. There is however a marked rainy season giving heavy rainfall from late August-early September until the end of May-early June. Crossing this famous Golden Valley, the Hérault River plays an essential role of thermoregulation.

 

The geological diversity found in the Villafranchian terraces buttressing the Aumelas Plateau as far as the plains of the Golden Valley, with rather calcareous soils; whether chalky-clay or chalky-marl type or on hillsides encourages a range of grape varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Grenache blanc, Viognier, Clairette, Cinsault, Grenache noir, Merlot, Cabernet-Sauvignon, Pinot noir, Syrah and Carignan.

 

The exceptional asset of the Vignerons de la Vicomté is being able to match the natural character of the grape varieties to the various winemaking techniques, from the very traditional to the very up-to-date. Indeed the wineries are furnished with ultra-sophisticated equipment (thermo-vinification, pneumatic cap-punching, maceration tanks for pre-fermentation etc.) allowing best-practice winemaking and giving optimum results.

 

With this blend of tradition and high-tech, the Vignerons de la Vicomté are able to produce Appellation wines that can be powerful, rich and generous and, at the same time, supple, flattering and elegant.

Les Vignerons de la Vicomté 2014. All rights reserved. Alcohol can damage your health and should be consumed in moderation.

Crédit photo Sophie Quencez