Gigondas, Vaucluse’s village

Gigondas, this little village of Vaucluse with its great name is situated in Upper Vaucluse at the foot of the Dentelles de Montmirail. This little village with only 700 inhabitants is an absolutely essential stop for lovers of this world renowned vintage. In Roman times the village was called “Jocunditas” which means joy or rejoicing... its famous vintage was already appreciated in those days.

The region of Vaucluse turned to single crop farming - wine-growing - following the great frosts of 1929 and 1956 which destroyed the ancient olive trees. The Gigondas “appellation d’origine” was requested as early as 1924, but was not granted until 1971. Vineyards here cover an area of 12 km2 and more than five million bottles are put on the market each year. These wines are powerful and generous, robust and well-balanced.Gigondas is nicely located at the foot of a hill, nestling beneath its church which dominates all the Gigondas vineyards. The church square offers a superb panoramic view. The Dentelles de Montmirail situated in the Gigondas area act as a backdrop to the village and offer numerous walks.

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