Once upon a time
… the story of a renaissance, of a vineyard rescued from oblivion by a group of Rhone valley winemakers in search of great terroirs. At the end of the 1990s, when they discovered the remains of this jewel overrun by brambles north of Vienne, on the left bank of the Rhone, they had no hesitation in bringing the vineyard back to life. Vitis Vienna vineyard lies 30 km south of Lyon, in the vicinity of Vienne, Seyssuel and Chasse-sur-Rhône. ). Like in the northnmost part of the Rhône valley, winemakers are here growing Syrah 's grape for red wine and Viognier's grape for white wine. both varietie, native from the area expess thanks to the terroir all their aromatic potential.
The legacy of a wine culture
the legacy of a wine culture- Vienne was then no more the capital of the Allobroges nevertheless was a rich and commercial roman colony and was producing wine that was already renowned beyond the borders. The region’s wines
were praised by a number of authors of Antiquity, including Plutarch,
Pliny the Elder, Martial, Columella and Celsus, illustrating their real
historic roots. In the 19th century, the grapevines covered some hundred
hectares in Seyssuel. At the time, the vineyard was “the town’s main
source of revenue” (municipal register, 1883). Although the vineyard was
later devastated by phylloxera, it has now been reborn thanks to a
group of winemakers who, with hard work and passion, have revived it and
are today producing wines of a very high quality.
The challenge of the slopes
This breathtaking wine-making landscape overlooks the left bank of the Rhone. The vines grow on the hills, facing south / south-west, following the bend of the river. This is the most northerly of the region’s vineyards and yet the weather is warm, and even very hot – as shown by the specific vegetation of the area. Here the Rhone valley is very narrow, which promotes the best possible supply of air to the vines. In this highly specific climate, remarkable plant and animal life develop, which the winemakers strive to preserve. They do everything to produce a high-quality wine: land selection, low yield, work by hand in the vineyards, choice of grape, long fermentation and maturation… The unique character of the wines results from the specific local conditions together with the commitment and passion of the winemakers