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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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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Varietals Produced in Rhône View all

  • Marsanne

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

  • Muscat

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

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Grenache

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

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

Subregions of Rhône

  • Ardèche

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  • 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

  • Southern Rhône

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

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  • Cave de Rasteau

    Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean cli...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Cellier des Princes

    The vineyards of the Cellier des Princes, which is the only co-operative on the Châteauneuf du Pa...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Rhone yes, darn autocorrect. Read More

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  • 'Rhine like'?  Rhone?  ;-) Read More

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  • I think I'll give the 2013 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone a try. I love finding a nice bottle of wine around this price point. Read More

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  • Most sold: GBeck SAfrica Brut Rose N/V, followed by Ramitello DMN, then Megaphone Rhone, andTrebbiano Lugana as the BEST of my 3 and under $16 Whites 2015 challenge. I A great event with all 7 wines ordered.  && with many orders for the simple Argentine Tilia Torrontes . The 2nd place white tasted.  Read More

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  • Depending on makers and vintages, C9dP aren't usually for long laydowns ... good Burgundy or Northern Rhone or Bordeaux (or...). Will probably boil down to enhancing palate education vs. waiting for perfect timing at the wine's apogee. Anytime from Christmas on?  ; Read More

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  • Kathy: I can't really tell exactly when I became aware of wine because my ... my ... you like $7 Cotes du Rhone, or crazy expensive Burgundies, or culty Juras, or Clos du Bois Merlot, that's your call.&nbs Read More

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  • If you called it I am speechless. I figured the SA Rose then Lagrien then ... then Di Mayo Norante, then Rhone and finally the Greco which is my favorite (Arneis cheap mineral best) available.-Thanks Snooth, Vine Post, Stacole, Vine to Wine, Barolo Ristorante, Larry Miller and Eastpointe 1 Singer Island friends. - Willia Read More

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  • Eastpointe Tasting tomorrow. Wines accepted today. Issue #1 (immediately ... ... resolved..),, -My Closer Rhone Style red was changed from Novy (out of stock in NPB; re ordered.) to a Rhone.. best option and honestly Best Wine now... 85 Grenache 15 Syrah blend from Cht. D Pape Rhone.  *** as I checked in the wines & I saw all Whites 2015 vinta... Read More

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  • +1 on the St. Cosme.  That immediately came to mind when BLM mentioned Cotes du Rhone.I'll put a shameless plug in for Washington wines.  We have lots of good quality choices in the 15-20 dollar price range.  The problem is with distribution.  Many of our wineries are too small to have significant distribution outside the state.Here is a label t... Read More

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  • Might I suggest the 2013 Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone. Widely available at under 20 dollars, it can be enjoyed as a pre-dinner sipper but is opulent enough to be your companion with the main course.  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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