Gigondas AOC is located in the southern Rhone region and is a primarily red wine producing region, with some rosé and no whites. Regarded as Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s little brother, carrying moderate prestige and aging potential when treated with care. Its name translates to great pleasure and enjoyment from Latin, which is fitting being that the town was originally a recreational site for soldiers from the Roman Empire Second Legion.
Due to its location, Gigondas benefits from a Mediterranean climate and is split by the Dentelles de Montmirail mountain range which separates the appellation into two distinct areas, with one having a cooler climate and the other a warmer climate.
Reds from this AOC must follow a strict set of rules, such as a maximum of 80% Grenache, a minimum of 15% Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, and a maximum of 10% from other Rhone varieties excluding Carignan.