Gigondas Wine Region Guide

Gigondas: The Triumph of Tradition - Where Legacy Meets Affordability in the Heart of the Rhône


Last updated: March 8, 2024


Every region in the Rhône Valley has a story to tell: Gigondas’ is perhaps the most inspiring. In the mid-20th century, obscurity swallowed the red wines of this tranquil commune as they were forced into the generic Côtes du Rhône-Villages appellation. As a result, growers struggled to achieve international recognition for their hand-crafted wines, denying Gigondas vital investment and the rewards of fame.

After years of campaigning, Gigondas finally threw off the shackles of the generic Côtes du Rhône-Villages appellation and earned its own designation in 1971. The positive effects of this decision cannot be underestimated; wine producers could market a single ‘brand’ entity under the appellation banner, attracting the attention of global buyers and sommeliers. Since that time, Gigondas has scarcely put a foot wrong; wine quality has recently soared, often achieving parity with Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Yet prices have remained remarkably stable, only to the oenophiles’ benefit. As a result, Gigondas is a rare example of a wine region that offers endless pleasure while asking for little in return.


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