Vacqueyras is one of the newest Rhone appellations, having been promoted to its own AOC status from Cotes du Rhone-Villages in 1990 as one of the 5 crus of the Southern Rhone region. The surface area planted with vnes is roughly 2,471 acres and produces around 766,000 gallons per year. The AOC status limits the yield to 3 tons per acre (same as Burgundy Grand Cru).
Red wine is the most commonly produced here, through there is also some white wine made. Grenache remains the dominant varietal here but there tends to be a significant amount of Cinsault blended into the wines. The red wine from this region typically has firm structure, with a good measure of fruit, a hint of spice and a certain finesse.