Rhône Wine

 

Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regions.

The northern Rhone is primarily the land of Syrah. The white wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Here, the Rhone Valley narrows, forming steep terraces on which the vines grow. Cooled by the harsh mistral wind, this region has a continental climate. The major Syrah appellations are, roughly from north to south, Cote-Rotie, Condrieu (Viognier), Chateau-Grillet (Viognier; monopole), Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, and Cornas. Saint-Peray is a bit of an oddball here, producing white sparkling wines from Marsanne and Roussanne.

The southern Rhone has a milder climate that moves seamlessly into the Mediterranean climate of Provence. The red wines are made from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsaut, and Mourvedre. The major appellations are Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Lirac, Vacqueyras, Costieres de Nimes, and Tavel. The last of these produces only rose wine. The whites Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Rhône View all

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

Subregions of Rhône

  • Ardèche

    The Art Farm - The funnest place in the Ardeche. Art, Music, Design, Eco-building, Food, Wine...

  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

  • Costières-de-nîmes

      Costieres de Nimes is the southernmost appellation in the Southern Rhone, just before it t...

  • Côteaux du Lyonnais

    The Coteaux du Lyonnais is an appellation created in 1984,although viticulture in the ares goes...

  • Southern Rhône

      Located along a southeastern section of the Rhone River, this area is home to prestigious ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • Château de Valcombe

    The winery is totally buried, which avoids seasonal temperature variations. The hand picked ha...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

    Le Domaine de Chante Cigale is in the family since the XIX° century, where the generations of vin...

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

    For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Théophile Boisson...

  • Gabriel Meffre

    The name “Gabriel Meffre” evokes first of all the company’s founder, Monsieur Gabriel Meffre, who...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

    Ferraton Père et Fils is a winery/negociant in the north of the Côtes du Rhône. Their wines are...

  • Château Beauchêne

    The Bernard family has lived in Orange since the 17th century. Originally « mesnagers » or tena...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Seconding the congrats on a successful trip (as if you wouldn't enjoy that paradise for food and wine appreciation!), and the hope that we'll see some photos and more commentary.  :-) Read More

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  • Thanks for the report.  Awaiting your pics and further commentary.  Congratulations on a successful and completely enjoyable trip.  Paul Read More

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  • Hi everyone! I am back from my incredible trip to Lyon...  will send ..._Rhone_Auvergne_Rhone_Alpes.html) and have fun!* TGV to/from Paris: easy, fast, but pricey. Still, I think totally worth it (3h in Lyon or Paris are priceless!)* Wine Tours: they were expensive for my budget and involved a lunch, which was not a great deal for me because I ... Read More

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  • So are you in Lyon now? Read More

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  • I agree - that was my feeling as well when they turned their nose to Beaujolais wine! I have to say I am hoping to find good Roussanne and Marsanne too...I am going to give myself two dinners and two lunches at restaurants (it's 4 days!). But... I do have one restriction that will be significant: I do not eat meat!As to meeting locals, I am a li... Read More

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  • Yes, I know I've been bad in the past, but I will!I'm doing Airbnb and my hosts are saying: you don't need to drink Beaujolais... So I think it still gets a bad rep, which I was not expecting! This is a young couple too!Anyway: lots in my Lyon itinerary - inspired by DMCKER, I will buy produce at one of these markets (likely St Antoine, which is... Read More

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  • Kirkland Signature Gigondas 2015

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    Very nice Rhone blend, modernish in style. 85/10/5 I hope they haven't sold out. Read More

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  • I hope you report back here after your trip? Read More

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  • Unfortunately it seems your hosts are probably not all that in-the-know about wine, but just reflecting common group-think on what's fashionable, or not, in traditional wine snobbery. Lots of good wine in Beaujolais, and also good chard and PN made by Beaujolais winemakers and their families in nearby areas (e.g. the Maconnais). Do be sure to sp... Read More

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  • Yes DMCKER, you guessed it: I will probably want to bring too much back home. Which reminds me: I'd better buy the luggage on my Norwegian flight back!Thanks for the market tips: I, too, am fascinated by them! I'll be alone and 3 nights at an Airbnb, but don't have a problem cooking just for me! Read More

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  • Hi everyone, I have never tasted a Condrieu or Chateau Grillet. Could anyone kind enough to tell me their impressions of the wine and share their tasting notes with me?Cheers

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  • Mourvedre... any favs avail that you love? I live in California and have tasted and liked the Livermore Valley Mourvedres as well as the Amador/shenandoah valley Mourvedres.. any more suggestions??? I also love Carignane as well....

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