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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  • 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...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

  • 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 ...

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  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Château de Ségriès

    In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the...

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

    The name “Gabriel Meffre” evokes first of all the company’s founder, Monsieur Gabriel Meffre, who...

  • Château de Nages

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

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  • Cellier des Chartreux Côtes du Rhône Chevalier d'Anthelme 2015


    sweetish nose with maple and honeysuckle, fruity yet light on palate, hints of bubblegum candy Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim

  • Yeah it was mine. I went with the Rhone. I stuffed it with sage and whole cloves of garlic and braised it in red wine.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie

  • You shoot it yourself?How prepared?Have had with claret and burgundy (red and ... Loire reds and whites and Rhone reds (more C9dP then further north) successfully. No reason why some Italians wouldn't work, too. Don't usually want too much tannin or oak with the reds.Sauc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Need a wine for this birdie by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Great night for sure, JD. Your current focus on Burgundy shines through ... ... the usual suspects. Even the Rhone from time to time. You don't see it in Burgundy because RP never made it there.. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Burgundy, Barolo Dinner at... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • Xavier Vignon Rasteau 2012


    Loads of Barnyard that fortunately dissipates and does not carry over to the palate. Moss, Earth, Slate, bits of roasted Plum and Cherry. Softens up the more it remains open, Somewhat hard to enjoy due to the initial aroma. Much, much better the 2nd day. Barnyard gone and more roasted dried plum and prunes, silky mouthfeel, quite delightful. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • J. Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by mmhthg

  • DMCKER - This may come off as odd, what with the conventional wisdom ... for ... for body or even southern Rhone does well - Gigondas in particular for.I have a fondness for well shiraz - Hewiston, Jim Barry and the like - just a suggestio Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge 1: what...

  • Cave de Rasteau Rasteau Signature Vin Doux Naturel 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Sounds like the southern Rhone in spades - just what this area offers so well. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Shellfish:  for me always white and always French. Any nice big, not ... delicate fish like sword, Rhone. I don't think the subtle "dainty" reds go well with fresh fish.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Seafood and Red Wine

  • 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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