Once just a Cotes-du-Rhone village, the wine of Vacqueyras made its mark and in 1990, gaining its own appellation. The wine is somewhat similar to its northern neighbor, Gigondas
, and occasionally even more rustic. Vacqueyras wine gives off the flavors of the earth where the vines grow - wild herbs, spice and rocky soil.
Like other Southern Rhone wine, Grenache
is the main player here, and a minimum of 50% of the varietal is required, allowing the blend more room for varietals like Syrah
. Often found for good value prices, these wines are perfect for hearty meat stews and herb-based dishes.