Pierre Hourlier Wines

Rasteau

Promoted to full independence from the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation during 2010 (previously known as Cotes du Rhone Villages Rasteau from 1967), Rasteau is well known for it's production of sweet red, rose and white wines, which encompasses an area of over 880 hectares of land. Rasteau's appellation law is strict, dictating that they must consist of at least 50% Grenache grapes, and 20% Syrah or Mourvedre. There is also a ruling for minimum strength; 12.5% for the reds, 12% for the rose and whites.

The area is slightly protected from the Mistral winds by the south-facing location of the vineyards, which slope downwards and form the majority of the village's terrain.