Mont Ventoux seen from Sainte Cécile vineyards right outside the gates to Domaine de la Presidente, about 800 metres from the house.

Chantecôtes is one of the two caves co-operatives in the village. It has a caveau (sales room) in the centre of the village. There are three Rosés, the best and the best value is the award winning Roselia.

On the first Sunday afternoon of August every year the village holds a Rosé Wine Festival with a pageant, including a procession of local vignerons, and a speech from the Mayor. It costs about €2 for a free tasting glass and all the local Domaines set up stalls offering free tastings. Not just rosé either! The celebrations last well into the evening.

Sante Cécile is a working wine village in the middle of the southern Côtes du Rhône (méridional). With the rise of new world wines, the French have upped their game and many producers are now concentrating on high end quality wine.

All the famous Crus are within easy reach by car: Chateauneuf du Papes (30 mins), Gigondas (15 mins), Vacqueras (14 mins), Tavel (35 mins), Beaumes-de-Venise (20 mins).  Cairanne, which achieved Cru status in February 2016, is the next door village three minutes away. In fact, the border of the Cairanne appellation starts only about 100 metres from the house.

I have become acquainted with a fair number of the better Domaines over the years and will update with a list of some recommendations in due course. If you find one or more you like, please do leave a comment. I’m always up for trying new producers. You can’t have too much knowledge about wine, in my view!

Sainte Cécile itself has a number of independent producers in addition to the two Caves Co-operatives. Almost all the wine domaines are within walking distance. They include:

I’ll also update with more details on each of these when I get a chance.