Domaine Grande Bellane

France, Rhône, Valreas



Domaine Grande Bellane lies in the commune of Valréas, bordering the Vinsobres appellation area, on a shared plateau that overlooks both villages.  Five generations have been making wine here since 1919.  The estate has been run using organic farming methods for over 30 years.  With a total of 45 ha in a single spread, the vineyards are mainly on slopes of between 390 and 430 meters above sea level, making this probably the highest average height of the appellation. In addition to the slopes and the advantages of their altitude, Domaine Grande Bellane benefits from mainly red limestone-clay terroir with large river-rolled pebbles that are known to be valuable when making great red wines to cellar. One of the specificities of the estate is that the vines are mainly Syrah. This grape variety flourishes on this high terroir where the coolness of the climate protects it from the high heat of summer of which it is particularly chary. Here Syrah expresses its full complexity of aromas and flavors. From this terroir, Viognier, Roussane and Marsanne give really fine whites.

Technical Information

Wine Varietals Vine Age Soil Type Farming Type
Côtes-du-Rhône Viognier Blanc 80% Viognier, 20% Marsanne Average 20 years Limestone-clay Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge Grenache, Syrah, Carignan Average 20 years Chalky-clayey Organic
Côtes-du-Rhône Valréas 50% Grenache, 50% Syrah Average 25 years Chalky-clayey with large pebbles Organic