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

  • 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,...

  • Grenache

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

  • Viognier

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

  • 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

    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

  • 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...

  • Château de Ségriès

    In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the...

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

    It´s a way of seeing things, being open to new ideas, never taking anything for granted, not bein...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • No, mine was not in order.  I made a bunch of sketchy notes, mostly on the ... the distance between the N. Rhones and the Calis is shrinking, unless you can afford the LaLaLa level or similar.  In general, N. Rhone is becoming a bad value proposition unless you find $25 St. Joseph, and then, well, it's St. Joseph.  Nice but not life-altering.Ha... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Chateau de Campuget Costieres-de-Nimes Rose Tradition 2013

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    Not bad at all, some complexity but nothing extra special. Decent amount of ripe red cherry, citrus and medium acidity. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2010

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    Blend of 49% Syrah, 48@ Grenache and 3% Mourvedre with an abv of 14%. Dark red in the glass and is full bodied. It is old world in style with impressive balance. A step above the usual CdR. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • EM - Boy, it's been perhaps 30 years since we've been to the Hollywood ... ... We might have this white Rhone wine later this weekend.  I also found another Ridge 2011 Cab from the Monte Bello Vineyard, so now I have two of these in my cellar.  I picked up a 2010 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel blend for good measure too. Alas, I need something ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Saint Cosme Saint-Joseph 2010

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    Very earthy nose. Medium bodied on initial introduction to the mouth. Flavors seem to match earthiness of the nose. I cant think of a single fruit flavor that I might use to describe this. As a stretch I might suggest vegetative hints like bell pepper or asparagus. Quite tart as it passes towards the back of the palate. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Les Vignes des Precheurs Tavel 2013

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    Really nice Tavel rose. Some strawberry/rhubarb and subtle bing cherries on the palate with nice acidity and a clean finish. Excellent summer deck wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Okay, things are certainly heating up here.  So now I'm bringing four ... ... it's from the N. Rhone.  At $50, real N. Rhone style would be a pretty good deal. GregT, I'm working on a Friday dinner reservation in the neighborhood so we can drop your stuff at my house and head out.  I'm thinking probably 8:30 or 9.  JD, any interest in joining... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Mas des Collines Vacqueyras Red Rhone 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by puhnner


  • NG, suggest you not hang on to that too much longer.  Here's my notes ... ... This is an interesting Rhone blend with some age and a gold hue. Still drinking very nicely but seems to be on the latter part of its drinking curv Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Gonna open this lovely Paso white Rhone blend to pair with some grilled shrimp, zucc and yellow rice.Big Al, from some of your posts I see you like big reds, especially nice Cabs. Not sure when you last had something from Paso but check out my trip report, things have changed in the last few years and you may be pleasantly surprised. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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