Jefferson’s rambles round the Rhône

American president Thomas Jefferson found wine perfection in the Rhône, and much of what he discovered remains to this day

15th November, 2015
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The Rhône Valley wine map has altered little since Jefferson’s times

Thomas Jefferson is remembered not just as one of the most revered US presidents and drafter of that nation’s Declaration of Independence, but also as a French wine fanatic. The Jefferson Papers – his writings on his travels through French vineyards in the 1780s – defined the map of European wine for English speakers.

His love of French wine brought him on a journey around France, where he identified the best producers and...

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