ABOUT CÔTES DU RHÔNE

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The Rhône region of France has been planted to vines for over 2,000 years, first by the Greeks and then by the Romans. Winemaking thrived with support from the church, especially after Pope Clement V re-located the papacy to Avignon in 1309. The reputation and consumption of wines labeled C.D.R. grew over centuries; in 1937 Côtes du Rhône was one of France’s first AOCs. The backbone of the Rhône Valley in France is the Côtes du Rhône AOC, a topographically diverse area stretching from Vienne in the north past Avignon in the south, surrounding and following the Rhône River. Within this large region there is varied geography, four different soil types, and both Continental and Mediterranean climates. The winemaking style of blending reflects the diversity of grape varieties grown, with white, rose and red wines produced.

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WEBINARS

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FOUNDATIONS

Recorded on Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Presenter: Catherine Bugué, VP Education and DipWSET instructor

Côtes du Rhône as a wine region has been celebrated for 800 years. Loved by kings and popes, the region produces wines now consumed all over the world. Join us as we touch upon the history, terroir and quality levels and explore unknown appellations. This webinar is an excellent foundation for the Côtes du Rhône Online Course.

Rhône Advanced Tasting Webinar

ADVANCED TASTING

Recorded on Tuesday, October 25, 2021

Presenter: Catherine Bugué, VP Education and DipWSET instructor

Join Catherine Bugué, DipWSET as she takes us through six wines that illustrate the quality levels and diversity of wines in the Côtes du Rhône. Learn the specific tasting differences between Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône Villages with Geographic Names.

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The majority of Rhône Valley wines are produced in the southern part of the Côtes du Rhône around the cities of Avignon and Orange.
Within the larger AOC lies the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, which signifies a higher quality level of wines.

Beyond that is a little-known but unique set of appellations called Côtes du Rhône Villages with Geographical Names.

These 22 village areas have stricter production standards, lower yields and are true expressions of terroir.

Download the map here.

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LEARN ABOUT CÔTES DU RHÔNE

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CÔTES DU RHÔNE ONLINE COURSE

FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME

Ideal for: Intermediate to Advanced
Time to complete:
3 hours (self-paced)
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You may think you know the wines of Côtes du Rhône… but with a 2,000-year history we promise there’s more to discover. While its famous Crus have garnered worldwide attention, the majority of the region’s production and potential lies in the southern Rhone Valley. Incredibly diverse in geology and climate, Côtes du Rhône AOC and Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC offer masterfully blended, sustainably-minded wines with distinct terroir — all at an exceptional value.

We’ve partnered with the Côtes du Rhône’s professional association to develop the first and only official course of the region. From on-location instructional videos to interactive maps, you’ll explore one of France’s first and largest appellations in a level of detail not offered in WSET Level 2 or Level 3. A foundation in wine is highly recommended (Wine 101 or WSET Level 1 at least).

Your instructor:
Peter Marks, Master of Wine

Included with your registration:

Course Workbook
Detailed profiles on ALL 22 villages included in Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC (reference only; not included in final exam)
12 month (24/7) access to online course
Printable PDF certificate and digital badge (with passing grade of 80%)

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