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 »

Mentor for Rhône Wines

Erica Landin

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.

View Profile » View Top Lists »

Varietals Produced in Rhône View all

  • Syrah

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Château Beauchêne

    The Bernard family has lived in Orange since the 17th century. Originally « mesnagers » or tena...

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

Page 1 of 482

Rhône on Snooth

  • Chateau de Montfaucon Baron Louis Lirac 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Lirac - a fine wine in its own right, just across the Rhone from Chateauneuf-de-Pape, is nevertheless a cheap alternative to CdP. This wine, for instance, from the very good 2010 vintage, exudes blueberry in spades and introduces cherry, cola, dark chocolate and (of course) blueberry to the palate - which has great staying power. Its power dim... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • I definitely cannot post this one under v v's "completely ... enjoyed the Halcon white Rhone blend also sourced from Alder Springs, and, so, that is another one that I order every year.  Coincidentally, the 2012 arrived today.  So, in continuing my investigation of Alder Springs, I ordered the Bedrock Alder Springs Syrah a couple weeks ago.Well... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Al, I'm in Forestville, liking the local connection though. That CSJ ... and I like his approach to Rhone varieties and his ballsy decision to go Stelvin on all his wines. Was hoping to get some feedback from you since you are more connected down that way. He also is quite a baker and serves his fresh bread at the  tasting roo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


  • Thanks Emark, there is plenty to explore in my area. It really has been coming ... Robles area is killing it in Rhone inspired wines and the Santa Ynez Valley has some excellent Pinots and Syrahs. I'm not a white wine drinker but many of the Chardonnays, Viogniers and Pinot Blancs are amazing.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Enophiles!


  • Can I recommend a Viking River Cruise through one of the wine regions of ... ... of ... cruise goes down the Rhone River through the Burgundy region.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine Holidays


  • I have had the pleasure the last few days to taste some nice wines courtesy of ... ... Opened a 2005 Cotes Du Rhone Villages by Gabrielle Meffre today but it hadn't the spice I was looking for and seemed over the hill.Still in the wings is an Oregon Pinot Noir 2007 from Erath (unknown to me) an Eden Valley Riesling from Peter Lehman and also ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Well, the opera Salome was quite a performance.  We were in the first row, ... ... recommendation of a nice Rhone wine from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appelleation since we will be near that area when we do the Viking River cruise down the Rhone if a few months.  We paired this wine with a nice baguette and a butternut squash (with basil oil) soup... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... Bordeaux's or in your Rhone wines perforce makes them good for food, they're European after all...B-)But compare a weak plonkish pinot blanc to a Loire sauvignon blanc and one competes with food while the other disappears.IMH Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology


  • Typical JC Debeaune. The aromatic intensity was quite nice though with some ... I'm gonna skip over to Rhone and look for some affordable options.All in all, I feel like I've obtained a decent knowledge (Palate knowledge) of Beaujolais. I wasn't able to get my hands on every cru, but I've had enough to be satisfied. I generally understand the ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • EM - those Cymbidiums look great growing 'in the wild' as it were. ... ... ... the 2013 La Ciboise Rhone blend shown below.  It was about $42 a bottle and worth the price.  When our friends arrived, we shared the bottle of white wine and then they ordered a red, the 2012 Cline Mourvedre - a good pairing to the gentlemen's Australian lamb and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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....

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


  • New image uploaded to this page.

    Page modification by 146169lamarr 146169 lamarr


  • Description added for this page.

    Page modification by 146169lamarr 146169 lamarr


1 2 3 4 5  ...  482 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »

Rhône Wine Top Lists


Recent Forum PostsView all


Rhône wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network