The Rhone Valley of southern France is a particularly fascinating wine region, with a history that stretches back to at least six hundred BCE, when the ancient Greeks first began cultivating vines there. The region itself is split into two distinct sub-regions, with the northern sub-region being famed for its production of exceptional Syrah, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier wines, packed full of interesting character and expressing the terroir found there. The southern sub-region is home to an enormous variety of grapes, and produces red, white and rosé wines, and some of the world's most famous and adored blended wines. The continental climate of the region is ideal for growing grapes, and the winds which blow from the Central Massif help temper the heat in the vineyards, leading to very ripe fruits holding plenty of flavor. France is undoubtedly the world's most famous and highly respected wine producing country, and within France, there are countless villages and communes whose names have rung out through the ages as a result of their fine produce, traditional methods, and dedication to quality wine making. One such region is Vacqueyras, a small area of the Rhone Valley, and the red wines which are produced there are considered to be amongst the finest in the world. Vacqueyras is renowned for its history and dedication to tradition, having been the home of high quality red wines for over six hundred years. The vast majority of Vacqueyras wine is made from the Grenache grape, and there are many similarities between the produce of Vacqueyras and neighboring Chateauneuf du Pape.