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Commune of Suze-la-Rousse
|Suze-la-Rousse et le Mont Ventoux depuis le château|
|Intercommunality||SIVOM du Tricastin|
|Elevation||65–141 m (210–460 ft)|
|Land area1||30.6 km2 (11.8 sq mi)|
|- Density||62 /km2 (160 /sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||26345/ 26790|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
|2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.|
Suze-la-Rousse is located 10 km to the southeast of Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux and 18 km to the north of Orange.It extends over the left bank of the river Mez and commands an uninterrupted view over the Mont Ventoux, Lance mountains, and the Pre-Alpes of the Dauphiné. The neighbouring settlements are Bollène, Rochegude, Tulette, Sainte-Cécile-les-Vignes, Bouchet, La Baume-de-Transit, Solérieux et Saint-Restitut.
In the Middle Ages, Suze-la-Rousse was the most important town of Tricastin. Suze castle was built in the 12th century by the princes of Orange on the site of a hunting lodge given by Charlemagne to his cousin Guillaume de Gellone. With its fortified medieval walls, this fortress dominated the surrounding area and guaranteed it occupants perfect security. During the renaissance, the princes of Orange made it their country retreat. At the foot of the castle is the location of the University of Wine, a department of the University Institute of valance. The facility, with its laboratories and tasting rooms is unique in Europe, and offers courses in oenology, mlarketing, and management for the wine industry.
Suze-la-Rousse was twinned with the town of Gouvy in Belgium in 2003.
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