Appellation for white, rosé and red wines in the département of Vaucluse in the southern section of the Rhône wine-growing region. It is named after the limestone rock mountain range southeast of Avignon in southern France. Until the 2008 vintage, the designation was Côtes du Luberon (the reason for the renaming is to provide clearer identification for consumers). The recognition in 1988 is mainly thanks to millionaire Jean-Louis Chancel, who set high quality standards with the wines of his Château Val-Joanis estate. The vineyards cover 2,700 hectares of vines on the left bank of the Rhône in 36 communes between Cavaillon in the west and Manosque in the east. They are hillside vineyards with limestone soils.
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