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Tavel

Tavel
Tavel
Population :: 1555
Market :: Tuesday
Village   
festival ::
July 14
Town hall :: 04 66 50 04 10
 
www.tavel.tm.fr/Tourisme.htm
   
 

The southern village of Tavel is situated at the heart of the Rhône Valley in the department of the Gard, 15 km from Avignon, 15 km from the Pont de Gard, 20 km from Orange, and 40 km from Nîmes. It rises high above the Rhône, at the center of what is known as the "sillon rhodanien" (the furrow of the Rhône). It is the birthplace of the well-known wine that bears the name of the village, a Côtes du Rhône "cru" and France's best rosé.
 
shops Known the world over for its limestone and even more for its rosé wine, which is produced on its 960 hectares, our village provides numerous facilities to welcome and charm you: 3 hotels, 4 restaurants, guests houses, 1 pool, 2 tennis courts and club house, game of boules, hiking trails, cycling.
heritage Chapel of St. Férréol, wash-house, fountain, the neighborhood of les Jardinets, the church, and the "temple."
history Nature has given Tavel a treasure which it has guarded since the earliest times. The history of Tavel and of its nectar is truly a story about the senses.
local products Wine and limestone.
 
Formerly, farmers reserved their most fertile soils for growing wheat and banished its grapevines to the most difficult terrains. The unwelcoming nature of Tavel's soil has now been transformed into a quality and an advantage.
 
Tavel has deliberately chosen to produce only rosé wines, for reasons that are essentailly related to the nature, the climate, and the history of the land.
 
Since the Renaissance, people everywhere have sought out the Tavel wine called "clairet," whose distictive feature, as the name indicates, is its light, rosé color.
 
Today, under the eyes of the benevolent giant that is Provence's Mont Ventoux, a vineyard trail offers a pleasant stroll through the heart of Tavels' three "terroirs," all of which fully contribute to the creation and the reputation of France's best rosé.
 
The second source of riches for our village is the stone of Tavel. For over 100 years, a vein of very pure compact limestone has been exploited. It is less than 800 meters wide and 1500 meters long. It is divided among three quarrymen.
 
The stone of Tavel is a "cold" limestone; it is hard and can only be worked with a chisel or with a grindstone.
 
It is of a creamy white color, and it contains a large amount of iron oxide which eventually gives it a lovely ivory hue. There is also a bluish variation, which, when polished, has the appearance of marble.