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

  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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 ...

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  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Château de Nages

    I come from a long line of winemakers so my degree in Agricultural Engineering naturally destined...

  • 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

  • Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone 2014

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    The wine is medium light bodied. Grenache nose. Red fruited on entry with good acidity and finishes very long with some strong but mostly resolved tannin. Nicely balanced. Kermit prefers stem inclusion and that is evident with this wine. It's very much like a pinot noir in body, interesting wine. Wish I had more. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Last time I was in Calais [a couple of months ago] I went to the Auchan ... is ... is a sparkling wine from the Rhone valley made of a blend of muscat and clairette. and is a wine one does not often see in the UK I started it yesterday with my lunch of smoked fish and salad and I thought it really lovely There were plenty of bubbles and it was... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Jaillance Clairette de Die Tradition NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine [actually it was a pack of three 25cl bottles] for ... valley [a tributary of the Rhone] to the east of ther town of Valence.The wines are a blend of muscat and clairette and are made using 'methode ancestrale' which involves cooling the wine. Cremant de Die is a similar apellation from the same area which uses 'met... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateauneuf-Dupape Remy Ferbas 2006

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £27 from the website ... area of the southern Rhone valley where it is the most prestigious appellation.Chateauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates as 'the Pope's new palace' because in the 14th century Pope John 22nd built himself a new home,now derelict but a tourist attraction,and also took a great interest i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cuvee Gouverneur Lirac Domaine Corne-Loup 2008

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone opposite Chateauneuf-du-Pape on the east.My bottles come from a family concern and the Cuvee Gouverneur Lirac is their top of the range flagship red wine.It consists of 50% grenache,30% mourverde,and 20% syrah and was aged in oak barrels.I started the first bot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Les Courlandes Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2016

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    I got given this bottle of wine by a work colleague.Chateauneuf-du-Pape was one ... ... area of the southern Rhone valley where it is the most prestigious appellation.Chateauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates as 'the Pope's new palace' because in the 14th century Pope John 22nd built himself a new home ;now derelict but a tourist attraction,and a... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Paul Jaboulet Aîné Paralléle 45 Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2009

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    Brick tinted ruby color, sweet sherry and raisins on the nose. spiced feeling at the entry. Read More

    Wine review by C Hickman


  • Holy crap Emark!!!!! That's some seriously embarrassing s**t!  ... ... ... unlike the wines of the Rhone and Bordeaux.And speaking of Bordeaux, look at the rules when both the Romans and the English ruled the area - usually they allowed unimpeded passage of wine in a kind of free-trade zone. Again, wine wasn't necessarily singled out, but the... Read More

    Forum post in the topic "Ancient" Decrees & History ?


  • Very witty I had beef stew last night and I opened a beautiful bottle of ... one of the better northern Rhone estate Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Parallele 45 Rouge 2014

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    Dark fruited backed up with outstid and finishes with some nicely resolved tannin. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • 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

    Comment by 475516gildak 475516 gildak


  • 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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