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,...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • 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...

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 Chante Cigale

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • 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...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Okay, back to what we've been buying lately:  Bought two bottles of ... of ... Hard to find good N. Rhone (oh, yeah it got over 90 from everybody who we scoff at or pay attention to) at that price.  I've got the 09 and 10 and might try to convince our SoCal friends to go to WineX and pick up the 11 for me...  At the same time, I bought the '1... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... or "Rhone" bottle, you have the same thing with barrels. Burgundian barrels area a little bigger and fatter. They hold 228 liters, or a bit over 60 gallons.Does that size make a difference? I'll bet you a bottle of Pinot Noir that it doesn't if you were to blind tast... Read More

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  • Andrew Murray Syrah Tous les Jours Santa Ynez Valley 2013

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    The 2013 vintage is slightly more acidic that the previous vintage which means better balance. Bring on the steak. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2012

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    Great everyday wine, affordable, and pairs easily with hearty meats. Read More

    Wine review by mayyoke79


  • Fitting name, too.  Last night my niece stopped by.  We thought she ... ... although I often like S. Rhone blends for that dish.  The Cardiac is mostly syrah, where really I should have grabbed something with more grenache, or just gone a different direction.  Didn't stop me from finishing the bottle, with help from wife and niece. Wife is on ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • RBA, here's a link to my write up of our Paso trip last January. Things ... IMO), less jammy zins, more Rhone blends. Tablas is high quality and fairly reasonably priced. Terry Hoage makes some great syrah, and if you're willing to part with a few extra $$$, Denner and Daou make some really big and complex reds that I know you would enjo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Domaine Roche-Audran Côtes du Rhône Villages 2013

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    Excellent white Cotes du Rhone comprised of grenache blanc, viognier and clairette. Very nice floral aromatics. There's some tasty stone fruit, zippy acidity and some subtle creamy lemon with just a touch of white pepper on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Chateau la Nerthe Chteauneuf du Pape Rouge Vallée du Rhône Châteauneuf du Pape France 2004

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    Just an awesome CdP. Layers of dark fruit and spice but not hot or jammy. Silky but with great acidity. This is really hitting its stride. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Darioush Viognier Napa Valley Signature 2013

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    Wine review by anchca


  • Xavier Vignon Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by anstett


  • 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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