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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • M. Chapoutier

    The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Poly...

  • 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...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Cave de Tain St. Péray 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.nicolas.co.uk ] for ... west bank of the northern Rhone valley made from a blend of the roussanne and marsanne grapes.80% of production is sparkling but my bottle is a still wine and was made by the Cave de Tain co-operative.I started the bottle last night with my fish supper and I did en... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Bernard Faurie Hermitage Bessards/Meal 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... Tain on the east bank of the Rhone river about 40 miles south of Lyon.It is a very prestigious appellation having once been favoured by Louis XIV and the Russian tsars and takes its name from a chapel or hermitage built in 1224 by a crusader knight called Caspar de Sterimberg. My bottle is from ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Had the good fortune to attend a Masters of Wine, Syrah Panel Tasting on ... ... 2011 impressed overall in N. Rhone counting the Guigal Cote Rotie and others. Couple bigger, blousy Australian's. The 2012 Run Rig was listed at 15.5% Abv, but the 5% Viognier really distracted, adding a ton of creaminess. At least the alcohol was not as perceptib... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Masters of Wine - Syrah Panel...


  • Domaine Chrystelle Michel Cornas Guyot 2004

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... name on the west bank of the Rhone near the town of Valence. It is one of the Rhone valley's smaller appellations with less than 100 hectares under vine on granite soils on southerly facing slopes. My bottle comes from the tiny domaine of Chrystelle Michel who comes from a family of winemak... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les 3 Lys Crozes-Hermitage 2013

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    I bought this bottle from a local supermarket where it was on special offer for ... ] on the east bank of the Rhone,although wine production here goes back to before thje Romans. It is much larger though less prestigious than the Hermitage appellation which has a terroir more suited to viticulture.90% of production is red wine made from the syr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Orin Swift Abstract Red California 2014

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    Another dinner wine at Mercat Bistro. A bit too fruit forward to begin with, but quickly settles in to loads of stewed fruits and more deep earth and spice flavors. Very nicely balanced and satisfying. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Okay, today was day one of North Berkeley Imports' warehouse sale. DMcker ... ... up with a fair bit of S. Rhone for the coattail crowd to share, some Etna blanco, some de Sousa Champagne, and just a little Italian red.  No Chianti at all.  (They are also the importers for Collosorbo, but that never makes it into the sale.  Since they are the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • I was pleased to see the e-mail in my in-box, this morning, announcig a Wine ... bottles of Wild Mouse Rhone Blend, and 900 bottles ofSky Rocket Syrah, each bottle hand signed by all three artists and hand numbered 1-900, with accompanying artwork by Felipe Molina and song lyrics by Adam Duritz. This wine completes John Wright's dream, born la... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Art Music Virtual Tasting


  • Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses 2012

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    KindredVines offer these TASTING NOTES:Dark garnet in color with purple hues. This wine is an open bouquet combining fruity and peppery aromas which are distinctive of the AOC Ventoux. A well balanced and pleasant wine on the palate with aromas of stewed fruits and hints of cinnamon and clove. Enjoyable fleshy texture and remarkable length. [I a... Read More

    Wine review by Giselle Greenway


  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

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    Murky dark plum color. Nose of dried fruit. Very serious hit of candied fruit on entrythink of a combination of cherry and apricot. Then a powdery sensation seems to cover my tongueprobably, from tannin. Back palate sensation is sour and, slightly, bitter. Overall, to me this wine is disjoint and not integrated. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • 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....

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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