Domain description :
Domaine des Escaravailles is owned by the family for three générations.Fondé FERRAN in 1953 by Jean-Louis Ferran and his son Daniel and Jean-Pierre, is currently headed since 1999 by Gilles, the son of Daniel.Le Estate owes its Occitan name "escaravay" is Scarabée.Ce nickname was given by the villagers to the Black Penitents of Avignon, owners at the time (Rasteau archives in 1623) .The vineyards cover 40 hectares in Rasteau slopes and stony clay-limestone pentuset 25 hectares on neighboring soils of Cairanne, Roaix Villedieu and Saint Roman Malegarde.Les vines are grown old with plowing and fertilizers organiques.Les harvest is essentially manual and sorted. The grapes are then picked off, vinified and aged in the semi-underground cellar highest Rasteau, in the heart of the vineyard.
Description of the appellation :
e vineyard Rasteau was born in 30 BC. After a period of relative neglect, the ecclesiastical world of the Middle Ages restores life to the point that in the eighteenth century, it became one of the most important of Vaucluse, mostly known for its sweet wines naturels.En 1870 phylloxera destroyed the vineyard, and it then resorts to American rootstocks. In 1935, vintners decided to reconnect with history: they develop again a Vin Doux Naturel Rasteau.En in 1937, the village enters the area of the Cotes du Rhone and in 1944, the vineyard gets creative AOC Rasteau for Natural Sweet Wines. In 1966, dry wine produced in the municipality of Rasteau include the category Villages.Depuis Côtes du Rhône 2010, thanks to the tenacity of its winemakers, red wines (dry) of Rasteau have reached the rank of local name. Rasteau is now a Cru of the southern Rhône Valley.
Description of the region :
Second wine region in France after Bordeaux, the Rhone region is one of the oldest in the country. The vineyard is divided into two zones: the northern Rhone Valley and the southern Rhone valley. Other areas furthest part of the region: Vivarais Luberon, through the Diois. The Bordeaux region can produce red, white and rosé, of all kinds: dry, soft, natural and sparkling. However, the red wines are produced in this region (representing 80% of production). At the heart of the southern area is the Grenache grape that made the red wines "solar". However, the vagaries of climate forcing growers to use the assembly technique to balance their wines. Some additional varieties: Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Carignan. For white wines, the grape varieties used are: bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Roussanne, piquepoul, Maccabeo, Marsanne, Vermentino or Picardan. Rosé wines from the same grape varieties as the red wines. In the northern area, for red wines, the syrah grape variety predominates. For white wines, the grape varieties used are: Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne. The designations are the Rhone region are numerous: Cote du Rhone, Cotes du Rhone-Villages, communal AOC (Condrieu, lirac, Côte-Rôtie, Chateauneuf du Pape, etc.) and AOC independent (luberon, ventoux, grignan les adhémar ...).