Historically, Ardèche is a land of wine that offers smooth, flavoursome alcoholic drinks to lovers of fine fare. Many wines from Ardèche have been awarded PDO or PGI status, and are on tables all around the world.
These include Saint-Péray, a still or sparkling wine made following the Champenoise method. Protected by AOC status, it is cultivated on limestone or granite soils. Condrieu is also a popular Ardèche wine. It is cultivated on a hundred or so hectares in three departments, and is made from just one grape variety, Viognier. It can achieve quite a high alcohol content, and makes for a smooth, full-bodied wine.
Chatus, made in Ardèche since the 16th century, made a comeback in the 2000s, to the delight of wine-lovers. A tannic, colourful wine, it must spend time ageing in an oak barrel to reveal all of its aroma.
"Vendanges d'octobre", a smooth wine made from the Viognier grape harvested when overripe, is also very popular, especially with aperitifs or foie gras and chestnut desserts.