The southern part of the Rhône Valley is characterized by hill sides sweeter than those in the northern area, the plains are warmer, the harshest climate and the terrain made peculiar to the wide pebble soil that characterize the landscape. Pedoclimatic conditions favor cultivation of Grenache, often associated with other grapes.The most important denomination in terms of extension is the AOC Côtes du Rhône. Other reference AOC are: Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac, Tavel, Gigondas and Vacqueyras.
Domaine Gramenon, founded by Michel Laurent in 1978, is in Montbrison-sur-Lez, north of Orange, and operates mainly within the name of the Côtes du Rhône. It has 26 hectares of properties, planted mainly in Grenache (two thirds), with small percentages of other traditional varieties: Syrah, Cinsault, Clairette and Viognier. Domaine's guide is Michéla Aubéry-Laurent, who continues the work of her husband who disappeared in the late 1990s. Gramenon has been working from the very beginning on its own organic and biodynamic vineyards (Demeter). Vineyards, in some centenary cases, are cultivated manually and in the cellar the interventions are minimized: fermentations are free and the use of sulfur can be modest or zero. The production route is aimed at producing incredibly succulent wines and the pursuit of concentration gives way to drinkability. In the glass there is never less the southern character that is the very figure of the terroir and everything is in favor of fruit and expression, even immediate.