At the foot of the Vercors mountains, the vineyards of the aop Clairette-de-Die cover a surface area of 1,300 hectares and 32 villages. Its estates are located on the stony, sun-drenched hillsides of the Drôme Valley. Sometimes perched above 700 m, the Diois vineyards are among the highest in altitude in France.
The Rhone Valley extends from Vienne to Avignon, combining semi-continental and meridional climates.
Nestling in a dip in the sun-drenched hillsides, the vineyards of Caves Carod were first cultivated in the late 19th century by Paul Barnier, and then his son-in-law, Amade Carod. The family tale still continues today with the same values, and passion and a unique know-how. The company Carod Frères was bought up by GCF in 2008, and since then, the Group has ceaselessly continued to enhance this heritage.
Château de la Tuilerie has been family-owned since 1955 and is located on the oldest geological section of the Costières de Nîmes appellation. Perched on one of the seven hills surrounding Nîmes, the domain owns 59 hectares of vineyards, 47 of which are within the Costières de Nîmes appellation.
The Diois vineyards stand out for their duo of grape varieties: Clairette, which gives the wine its fine, light quality and Muscat, which lends the wine its perfume and flavours.
Clairette-de-Die is grown on a mountain terroir. Selecting the grape varieties and painstakingly cultivating the vines results in very fine wines with a delicate aroma. Clairette-de-Die Tradition is made using ancestral methods. The fermentation process is slowed down by cold temperatures and naturally obtained through the action of the sugar in the grape, without adding any “liqueur de dosage” (wine mixed with cane sugar). Fermentation is halted, producing a wine with a low alcohol content of around 7°.
Domaine Guigouret covers a total surface area of 40 hectares, divided between the cultivation of small Muscat and white Clairette grapes, and employs 5 people in the vineyards. With its 20 salaried workers, Carod brings together 50 grape suppliers covering 180 hectares under multi-annual contracts, producing a volume of 12,000 hl of wine and selling 1.8 million bottles.
Château de la Tuilerie was a pioneer of sustainable agriculture as early as 1980, and signs wines that are full of character and charm grown on painstakingly selected, uncompromising land and subject to an ultra-precise winemaking process.