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

  • 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...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung 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

  • 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...

  • 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 Beauchêne

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Galets Roules 2010

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    This Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape is wonderful; perhaps the "rolled pebbles" are the answer. In any case, this well-priced wine is redolent of strawberries (yes, somewhat like a deep Burgundy), smooth and food friendly; ready to roll, deep and finishing with the headiness we have come to expect from this region. 89-90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Lauribert Fine Fleur Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by Frussak


  • Domaine les Meulières Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... to make purchasing their N. Rhone competitors mostly superfluous.  When you get to the upper end of Cabernet-based wine, not necessarily at the Harlan/Screagle level, a Carter or Becklyn isn't unreasonable compared to a classed growth from Bordeaux.  And a Smith Madrone,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The wine geeks holy grail, I...


  • Grillet does age, JD. At least it used to--haven't had any for a few years ... much cleaner throughout the Rhone nowadays compared to the Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... true ... first choice in a Rhone was for a Cornas but they didn't have one with age that fit into my budget so the Somm picked this one. Never had this wine with age so the contrast to my previous tastes was interesting. This poured like a Pinot Noir colorwise. Light pale... Read More

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  • Julien Pilon Viognier Millesime Mon Grand-Pere Etait Limonadier 2015

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013

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    Wine review by Phyllis49


  • E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013

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    Spicy and concentrated black cherry and blackberry aromas. Soft and earthy in the mouth with a dry dusty palate and a bit of tar - muted fruit notes of cherry and blackberry and a black olive finish that's chewy with textured tannins and a creamy smoke on the tail. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Al, regarding the Tablas whites ability to age, it depends.  The Esprit is their top end Rhone blend and is made to age, some of their single varietal whites are best consumed within a year or two.  Here's a cool link to their vintage chart. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • 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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