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 ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • 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 de Valcombe

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • 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

  • Mark, re: dining in Paso, we ate downtown twice, once at a high end Mexican ... ... Had a nice Northern Rhone from the St. Joseph's area.Paul, that's quite the assortment!  Would especially like to hear your impressions of that Pedroncelli, last time we were at their tasting room another couple came in with a bottle of their '74 (I believe it... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • DM, what would you like to know?We've been to Paso many times over the last ... in 2008, zins ruled and the Rhone style wines were just starting to take hold. Now there are mostly syrah and GSM blends for reds and Roussanne, Marsanne and Grenache Blanc for whites. I have enjoyed the cabs from this area and they continue to be more in line with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes-Hermitage les Jalets 2011

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    very nicely done Rhone: it has the sweetness of spring yet the strength of a mild winter blending magnificently into a savory summer. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Gerard Bertrand Corbieres 2014

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    very pleasant, smooth & flavorful blend done perfectly. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Domaine J. Boulon Beaujolais Vieilles Vignes 2016

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    Very concentrated spicy aspirin/ascorbic acid. It makes teeth feel sticky, like after drinking Pepsi...Got this bottle from Costco... Back label says it's 2016, but front label seems to be from 2015 version, according to Internets, and doesn't match winemaker's photo of 2016... Read More

    Wine review by ApelsecS


  • Domaine du Chene Condrieu 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... of the west bank of the Rhone river south of the Cote Rotie appellation.Four of the communes also form part of the Saint Joseph appellation.The vines are grown on steep south and south-west facing slopes overlooking the river.The viognier grape is believed to have originated in this area.I start... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Francois Arnaud Grande Reserve Cote Rotie 2006

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone river about 20 miles south of Lyon. The name roughly translates as 'roasted slope' as the vines are grown on sunny south facing terraced slopes overlooking the river.The wines are mainly syrah although up to 10% of the white grape viognier may be added to a b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Guigal Cotes Rouge 2010

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    When I drink this wine can i feel my first hangover Read More

    Wine review by jave


  • Domaine de Castelnau 'La Font du Loup' Pays d'Oc France Rose' 2016

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    a pleasant and unassuming rose which would prove perfect for a novice. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • La Reserve des Pontifes Michel Bernard Hermitage 1994

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £16 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 at the top of the hill built in 1224 by a crusader knight called Caspar de... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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