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The Rhône region of France has been planted to vines for over 2,000 years, first by the Greeks and then by the Romans. Winemaking thrived with support from the church, especially after Pope Clement V relocated the papacy to Avignon in 1309. The reputation and consumption of wines labeled C.D.R. grew over centuries; in 1937, Côtes du Rhône was one of France’s first AOCs. The backbone of the Rhône Valley in France is the Côtes du Rhône AOC, a topographically diverse area stretching from Vienne in the north past Avignon in the south, surrounding and following the Rhône River. Within this large region, there is varied geography, four different soil types, and both Continental and Mediterranean climates. The winemaking style of blending reflects the diversity of grape varieties grown, with white, rose, and red wines produced.