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Lirac and Tavel to the south are the only AOP areas on the west bank of the southern Rhône. The vineyards of the two areas share, at Roquemaure, the last hills of the Garrigues, a mountainous area dating back to the Cretaceous period.

The wine-growing area, which currently covers about 700 hectares, is one of the oldest in France; vines were already grown here 2000 years ago. The wines of the region gained fame especially during the Avignonese papacy and beyond until the 16th century.


Today, Lirac is known primarily as a cheaper alternative to the famous rosés of its southern neighbor, but unlike Tavel, the AOP here also applies to reds and whites, which often turn out much more interesting than the rosés. The red wines rarely reach the weight of a Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the opposite bank, but they are generally somewhat firmer and more tart than the usually more hedonistic growths at the southeastern end of the Rhone, which makes them remarkably independent representatives of the growing region.