Cairanne stands proudly in the middle of its vineyard.
The red and white wines of this former fortified town are a magnet for wine connoisseurs. Grenache is dominant in the red cuvées, with a minimum content of 50%, producing mellow, spicy wines with elegant tannins. They also contain the Syrah and Mourvèdre varieties, which add complexity and finesse. With a maximum content of 30% in blends, varieties such as Cinsault and old Carignan vines help strike an excellent acidity-alcohol balance.
The white wines are rarer and less well-known in this appellation. They are far removed from the bourru (rough) wines that once made the reputation of the village.
Cairanne was recognised as a Côtes du Rhône in 1953, and then as Côtes du Rhône Villages Cairanne in 1967. It was not until 2016 that the village achieved the rank of ‘Cru de la Vallée du Rhône’ for its two colours: red and white.