Our commitment

The association ‘Les Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône’ is a group of volunteers passionate about Côtes du Rhône wines who commit to uphold the promotion of Côtes du Rhône wines and of Avignon, Capital of Côtes du Rhône, through environmental and historical heritage and culture.
To reach their objective, the Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône create popular, festive and media events driven by the values of sharing, friendliness and human interaction.

Join us

Les Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône regroupent des bénévoles passionnés du vin. Venez vous engager, créer des événements, partager des moments de convivialité avec les Compagnons et participer à la promotion des vins des Côtes du Rhône et d’Avignon, Capitale des Côtes du Rhône.

David Bérard

President
Anne Sophie Marseille

Anne Mouralis

Secretary
Pierre Saysset

Pierre Saysset

Treasurer

60 wine enthusiasts

Jean‑Philippe Altayrac, Patrick Armengau, Jean-Charles Aubert, Jean-François Badier, Jérôme Benoit, David Bérard, Pierre Bérard, Hervé Beaufils, Thierry Blanes, Christian Bontoux, Florian Bouisset, Gilbert Brillant, Pascal Buron, Louis Buzançais, Bernard Caffort, Cathy Caffort, Frédéric Camilleri, Thomas Cavalier, Christophe Chenot, Sabine Chenot, Any Codol, Jean-Louis Crégut, Jean Darthenay, Christian Domergue, Christian Etienne, Jacques Faure, Monique Faure, Éric Fortunet, Elsa Fougères, Adrien Galmiche, Olivier Jacquet, Isaac Kamdem, Jean-François Leclerc, Patrick Louis, Bruno Maury, Anne-Sophie Marseille, Éric Massonnet, Bruno Maury, Hélène Mérigaud, Jacques Montaignac, Anne Mouralis, François-Xavier Nicolas, Brigitte Noël, Didier Noël, Aline Novak-Dragten, Yann Ong, Pierre Pappalardo, Isabelle Pellegrin, Carole Perveyrie, Pierre Perveyrie, Patrick Ribolla, Annaëlle Ritz, Anne Roulet, Danièle Sauzade, Jacques Sauzade, Pierre Saysset, Martine Tardy, Anthony Taylor, Vincent Tramier, Danièle Vantaggioli, Gérard Vantaggioli.

Coordinator of the Compagnons : Poko-Eve Kinda

Photos © L’œil du Sable

Our Story

Early 1990’s… young winemakers from the villages of Cairanne, Lagarde-Paréol and Sainte Cécile les Vignes come together. They revive and rejuvenate the local festivities surrounding the Ban des Vendanges. The overwhelming success of their events leads them to create the association ‘Les Compagnons du Ban des Vendanges’.

A few years later they rename the association ‘Les Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône’, to express their drive to promote all of the wines from the Côtes du Rhône and also the region, the terroir, the historical and environmental heritage.

Today, the association ‘Les Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône’ brings together some fifty volunteer wine aficionados who commit to upholding the promotion of Côtes du Rhône wines and Avignon capital of the Côtes du Rhône, through culture and environmental and historical heritage.

To reach their objective, the Compagnons des Côtes du Rhône create popular, festive and media events driven by the values of sharing, friendliness and human interaction.

Committed to energizing the image of this historical heart of the Côtes du Rhône, to boosting its heritage and culture, the Compagnons have chosen to anchor the existing events, the Ban des Vendanges and the Estivales du Rhône, in the city, and to expand them there. They have also decided to create new, friendly events that bring together all the key players in the areas covered by the appellation, and to make Avignon a wine-tourism destination all year long.