Wine Production In Aveyron

Vines were introduced here by the monks of Conques between the 8th and 12th centuries. Today Marcillac wine enjoys its Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée status.

Marcillac is situated towards the north west of Aveyron at the foot of the « causses », blessed with a « micro-climate » giving rise to its milder winters and hence the production of its Marcillac wine.

Just over a century ago, these valley walls were lined with over 4,000 hectares of vines. If one looks closely along the crests of the hills, one can see overgrown terraces whose reproductive future was stymied by the phylloxéra, and whose impotent vine stumps now remain frozen in the ground like tombstones.

Today a mere 150 hectares (370 acres) remain, dug into the hillsides along the causse, high enough up the hill to prevent damage from spring frosts and at a steep angle which allows maximum exposure to the sun.

Marcillac achieved VDQS status in 1964. In 1965, the cave coopérative was formed and included nearly all of the region’s 70 producers, who property under vine averaged just over a hectare each. In 1990, thanks to the effort of the coopérative and several independent producers, Marcillac was granted AOC status.

Red wine is predominant product of Marcillac, although rosé is also allowed within the AOC. The king of grapes is the Mansois, also known in other regions of the Southwest as Fer Servadou or Braucol. It must be used in at least 80% of all Marcillac wines. Other grapes allowed include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamay, Merlot, Jurançon Noir, and the nearly extinct Mouyssaguès.

The Syndicat des Viticulteurs de Marcillac has producad a brochure which provides details the producers and wine co-operatives to visit.

This article was produced with the help of Charles Neal Selections>>>

AOC Marcillac : Wine makers and vineyards

Cave des Vignerons du Vallon
Adress : D840
12330 Valady
Phone number : 05.65.72.70.21

Domaine de la Baronie – Francis COSTES
Adress : 12330 MOURET
Phone number : 05.65.69.83.05

Domaine de La Carolie – Joël GRADELS
Adress : La Carolie (Cougousse)
12330 SALLES LA SOURCE
Phone number : 05.65.71.74.13

Domaine de Limagne – Christian GERVAS
Adress : Limagne
12330 SALLES LA SOURCE
Phone number : 05.65.71.74.33

Domaine des Costes Rouges – Claudine VINAS
Adress : Combret
12330 NAUVIALE
Phone number : 05.65.72.83.85

Domaine du Cros – Philippe TEULIER
Adress : Le Cros
12390 GOUTRENS
Phone number : 05.65.72.71.77

Domaine du Mioula – Bernard ANGLES
Adress : Saint Austremoine
12330 SALLES LA SOURCE
Phone number : 05.65.71.83.69

Domaine du Vieux Porche – Jean-Luc MATHA
Adress : 12330 BRUEJOULS
Phone number : 05.65.72.63.29

Domaine Laurens
Adress : 7, avenue de la Tour
12330 CLAIRVAUX
Phone number : 05.65.72.69.37

Jean-Marie REVEL
Adress : Mernac
12330 SALLES LA SOURCE
Phone number : 05.65.71.76.01

Michel DURAND
Adress : Le Monteil
12330 SALLES LA SOURCE
Phone number : 05.65.71.80.96

Philippe CROIZAT
Adress : Saint Austremoine
12330 SALLES LA SOURCE
Phone number : 05.65.71.82.13

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