Conques and the Marcillac vineyard : facts and figures
The Marcillac AOC wine area has been awarded Vignobles & Découvertes certification under the name "Conques and the Marcillac vineyard".
- Location: département of Aveyron.
- Surface area : 200 hectares.
- Main village : Marcillac-Vallon.
- Origins : the vineyards were established in the Vallon de Marcillac by the Romans and later developed by the monks of Conques Abbey in the 9th century.
- Grape varieties : mostly mansois, authentically local variety.
- Types of wine : red and rosé.
- Tasting notes : sound, warm and rather supple red wines that produce spicy and in particular peppery overtones.
- Countryside and terroirs : steep hillsides clad in terraced rows of vines and orchards, little ridge-top roads, isolated dwellings among the vineyards and fortified houses, châteaux and little villages.
- Distinctive characteristics : the 'rougiers'. This is the name given to the hillsides that are part of the beauty of the Vallon de Marcillac. Here, the vines grow in dark red earth resulting from a mix of clay and red sandstone.
- Quality certification : Marcillac has been an AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) since 1990.
- More about Marcillac wines : www.tourisme-conques.fr