A year in the vineyard: February

Saint-Joseph is the region’s largest AOP area and covers a lot of different terroirs

Syrah is so good in the northern Rhône. The lesser-known region is home to some of France’s finest wines, says Jonathan Hesford

Each January for the past few years I have visited the Northern Rhône for the annual Marché aux Vins in Ampuis. It has been a great way to learn about this historic, famous and yet relatively small wine region.

When people talk about Rhône wines they often mean those of the Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, rich in Grenache and with a warm, Mediterranean style. However, to the north, along the river between Valence and Vienne, lie vineyards of higher esteem
in the eyes of wine connoisseurs.

Known in France as Le Rhône Septentrional (the Latin word means ‘of the north’) and rich in Roman history lie ...

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