A rather expensive modern cross-flow Pall filter machine (Delas, Rhone)

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Delas Freres, Tournon, Rhône Valley, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Delas is one of the bigger wine producers and négociants in the northern Rhone Valley. They are based in the town of Tournon, just across the river from Tain l’Hermitage. Delas freres (as is the full name) was founded in 1835 by Charles Audibert and Philippe Delas. In 1977 Delas was bought by the Champagne house Deutz and it became the property of Champagne Roederer in 1993 when Roederer bought Deutz. Still today Delas (and Deutz) are managed as separate entities. (Roederer also owns Roederer Estate and Scharffenberger in California, Ramos Pinto in Portugal, Domaines Ott in Provence, as well as Chateaux de Pez, Haut Beauséjour, Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande and Bernadotte, all in Bordeaux).

Delas Freres owns 14 hectares of vineyards in the northern Rhone valley. Adding vineyards under contract they manage some 30 ha of vines. They supplement their own production with their négociant activity – primarily in the southern Rhone appellations. Their production covers essentially all the appellations of the northern Rhone wine districts, for example: Hermitage, Cote Rotie, Condrieu, Saint Joseph, Crozes hermitage, Cornas, and Saint Peray.

Their winery in Tournon is big enough to take care of most of their vinification needs. It is a mix of the latest vinification technology and traditional wine making techniques. Some of the wines are aged in oak barrels – they have some 600 barrels in the cellar. The winemaking is in the hands of the very able winemaker and oenologist Jacques Grange.


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Rhone Tournon Delas Freres – stock photo samples – Images by Per Karlsson

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