Pierre Hourlier Wines

Gigondas

Designated during 1971, the local appellation of Gigondas encompasses over 1,200 hectares of land to the south of Rhone. The name is of Roman origin, coming from the latin word Jocunditas, and the town itself was founded by them as a recreational site for soldiers from their Second Legion.

Gigondas's appellation law is strict, dictating that the reds must consist of a maximum of 80% Grenache grapes, and a minimum of 15% Syrah or Mourvedre, the rose requiring a maximum of 80% Grenache as well. The average of 2,800 hours of sunshine per year is a great benefit for the appellation, allowing the strong Mistral wind to guarantee a perfect growing climate.