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The regional appellation stretches along both banks of the Rhône for over 200 kilometres, from Vienne in the far north to Avignon in the far south. The classification was granted as early as 1937. It includes some areas of the northern and large parts of the southern section of the Rhône. This is why this appellation is sometimes used as a synonym for the entire Rhône valley. The vineyards cover 42,000 hectares of vines in the six departments of Ardèche, Drôme, Gard, Loire, Rhône and Vaucluse. More than 90% of the wines produced are red and only 2% white, which is also true for the entire region. The majority are light, fruity red wines produced by means of carbonic maceration, which are marketed as primeur for quick enjoyment.

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