Lirac is the southernmost cru in the Rhône Valley and probably the least well-known. It grows in tranquil isolation, far from the beaten path. That said, the wine has been cultivated here since ancient times, and the appellation has been an official Côtes du Rhône cru since 1947.
Vineyards have been a local resource for over two thousand years. Over the centuries, Roquemaure and its port became prosperous and powerful, exporting “Côte du Rhône” wines to Paris, England, or Holland. In the 16th century, things picked up speed: Lirac wines, that had already acquired a reputation, were served in the major royal courts of the day both in France and abroad. Saint-Laurent-des-Arbres still holds traces of this opulent past: a former enclave of the diocese of Avignon, it hosted a vineyard belonging to the bishops.