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Duché d'Uzès

Duché d’Uzès appellation, from the Cévennes’foothills to the Rhône Valley

The history of Duché d’Uzès wines goes back at least two thousand years, to a time when the Phoenicians and Greeks first introduced vines into the region. In the 15th century, vines were grown on the sunny slopes reclaimed from the garrigue scrubland, in vineyards enclosed within dry-stone walls. At the time, there was already talk of the area’s noble Wines; and Racine, while holidaying in Uzès, remarked that the wines were “the best in the kingdom”. Over the years, the vineyards spread, until they reached the limits of the erstwhile bishopric. So from its rocky hilltop perch, the Duché d’Uzès has for centuries looked out over its vineyards which stretch from the edges of the Rhône Valley to the foothills of the Cévennes – a vast area, but one where each parcel has been meticulously selected. The area shows a variety of geological formations, including sandstone, marl, pebbles, alluvial deposits and hard limestone. These appear repeatedly in the landscape, making up the “mosaic” of soils which is one of the Duché d’Uzès’ key strengths. For over 20 years, winegrowers in the Uzège have been making every effort to bring their terroirs and wines into the limelight to win the recognition they deserve. The journey has been a long one, fraught with pitfalls and obstacles, full of hope one minute and disappointment the next. Finally, in July 2013, Duché d’Uzès was granted AOC status.