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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • 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...

  • 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 Chante Cigale

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

  • 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

  • Rouelle-Midi Condrieu Domaine Vallet 2012

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Chelsea [ ... of the west bank of the Rhone south of the Cote-Rotie AOC.Four of the communes also form part of the Saint-Joseph AOC.The grapes are grown on steep south and south-east facing terraced slopes overlooking the river.The viognier grape is believed to have originated in this area.C... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Hi everyone, after another long bout of absence, back posting a couple of ... ... I was not expecting this, a Rhone blend produced in the Yarra? The warm and dry conditions of the 2013 vintage probably aided the ripening of these varietals too. Each variety was grafted in 2006 to rootstocks which are between 15 to 20 years old. Wine was fermen... Read More

    Forum post in the topic TarraWarra Estate, Yarra...


  • Hey Snooth community. I've visited this site a few times over the years and ... ... pinot noir, California Rhone-style (GSM) blends, spanish rose's and blends, Mosel region whites, and big-bodied cabs. Looking forward to chatting with you all! -DNa Read More

    Forum post in the topic Greetings from DTLA


  • Rostaing Cote Rotie Classique 1999

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought from the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone about 20 miles south of Lyon. The name roughly translates as 'roasted slope ' because the vines are grown on sunny south facing terraced slopes overlooking the river. The wines are mainly made from the syrah grape although up to 10% of the white gr... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Stony nice. Read More

    Wine review by Rupclose


  • Domaine du Grand Montmirail Gigondas Vieilles Vignes 2011

    Snoothrank:

    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, with nice clarity. The nose is wonderful,with great fruit notes of black cherry and plum overlaid with some lovely spice notes of black pepper and lavender, with just a hint of leather. The taste is a blast of ripe red fruit, cherries, raspberries and plum, with some pronounced floral notes, that transitio... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I have just finished a bottle of northern Rhone, a 2003 Saint-Joseph 'Offerus ' by  J L Chave which I thought was lovely Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2003

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone opposite Tain/Hermitage on the east about 40 miles south of Lyon. The red wines are made from the syrah grape [although since 1979 up to 10% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne have been allowed in a blend] Saint-Joseph is not considered as p... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I probably would've chosen this image instead. ... the Guigal Cotes du Rhone of the avocado world. It's good, and fatty and grows all year around on lower, plump, easy-to-harvest trees. The Nabal above is like a 1989 Beaucastel or better yet an '89 Chaves Hermitage. The best tasting avocado I've ever encountered. Note the size using the scale o... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *4*: what...


  • Same price for the Tikves Vranec at KLWines. The description there likens it to ... something from the southern Rhone.I've had Vranac in Montenegro, but not the Macedonian version (spelled with an 'e'). Had several different styles, many bold (name means 'black stallion' after all), some quieter, usually lots of berry fruit and sweeter tannins ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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....

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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