Pierre Hourlier Wines

Cotes du Rhone

Producing over 35,000 hectares of land, and boasting over 1,500 producers, Cotes du Rhone is one of the leading AOC red wine producers in the Rhone region, and the second largest in France overall. Grapes predominately used are Rhone's three traditional varieties; Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre, however a law was introduced in 1996 that for red and rose wine, they must use at least 40% Grenache in their production.

The title itself was introduced in 1937, to provide a name for wines of good quality, but came from lesser known areas of the region. The south of the region benefits from the Mistral winds and Mediterranean climate, the northern part of the region differing by having a continental-style climate.