There are three main winegrowing areas in Tavel:
• The rolled pebbles of quartzite of the Villafranchian terrace. During the summer nights they give back the heat accumulated during the day. Vallongue district.
• The calcareous broken stone of the Barremian limestone screes. Of whitish colour, they reflect most of the sunlight, thus activating the ripening of the grapes. Campey, La Vaute, Romagnac, Torette, La Vau et Clos, Les Vestides, Les Comeyres, Vaussières districts.
• The Astian fluviatile sands. Vaucrose, Vaucrose et Vacquières, Genestière, Codoyères, Le Palai, Roquaute, Bouvette, Olivet districts.
Those soils mostly have a low humus and organic-matter content, making of Tavel an ideal winegrowing area.
The vine varieties allowed in Tavel are the following:
• Black varieties: Grenache, Cinsault, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Calitor (no longer grown, only a few old vines are still extant) and Carignan.
• White or rosé varieties: White Grenache, Grey Grenache, Pink Clairette, Grey Clairette, White Clairette, Bourboulenc.
No winegrower may grow more than 60% of any of those varieties on his estate, with Carignan having to remain under 10%.
The Domaine de la Mordorée’s vineyards grown under the Tavel appellation are on the Vallongue plateau, at Palai, Roquanaute and Romagnac. They are planted with 60% Black Grenache, 10% Mourvèdre, Syrah and Cinsault, 5% Bourboulenc and White Clairette.
• Mediterranean Climate
• Sunshine: 200 days per year
• Average temperatures: 22°C in the summer, 7.3°C in winter
• Rainfall: 201 mm in the summer, 503 mm the rest of the year
• The mistral blows an average 158 days per year.