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,...

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

  • 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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

    Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean cli...

  • Cellier des Princes

    The vineyards of the Cellier des Princes, which is the only co-operative on the Châteauneuf du Pa...

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • 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

  • OK, I'll be the first to confess to begin outed. NG - guilty as charged, ... my all time favorite white Rhone blends and an added bonus of one of my favorite rose. Hope you enjoy them both!For my SS guess my first inclination was to go with our Washington resident - Lucha but that was probably too obvious.  After a bit of data-mining I did not... Read More

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  • Welcome to Snooth Esol!  Have to agree that for big, tooth staining reds, ... ... less of these and more Rhone style blends. Another option for big reds we've liked is Grenache based blends from Priorat, Spain. Happy huntin Read More

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  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage 2013


    Modern in nature without being anywhere near jammy, surprisingly high acidity and very light tannins. Not bad just different. I would buy it again. Read More

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  • I have very little experience with Grenache/Granacha.  (I don't think ... little experience with any Rhone blend.  I do have a very memorable and enjoyable experience with a Priorat blend--2005 Melis--last winter.)  So, I have been unable to make any contribution to this conversation. That aside, I would like to thank DM for starting the topic... Read More

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  • Looking forward to it.I forgot a few domestics  - Drew makes a pretty good ... ... doing really interesting Rhone type grapes for years. There's actually quite a bit in WA that never makes its way out east so maybe I can pick some up out west now.There are some that I wanted to like more than I did and I'm not sure if it's because they haven't ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Thanks for the mention Outthere! Greatly appreciated.Grenache in the US is ... ... ... from other parts of the Rhone. Over these past 20 years, plantings have sprung up throughout the state in areas that the grapes really thrive in - warmer but not too warm; challenging soil types, including sand; and even venturing into cooler area.In the Sa... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • Looking through my cellartracker past and present, I've found plenty of ... these places - the southern Rhone, Paso Robles, Priorat, which makes sense as Grenache is typically a warm climate grape. Now you have me thinking about a new theme for a future tasting event. We just recently we popped a 2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines Blewitt... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,...

  • On and off with differing frequency mention is made on these boards of garnacha ... specifically like from the Rhone or SW France, or from Catalonia or points south and west in Spain?I'll start with some cute little bushes up the hillsides from Madrid. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Garnacha, grenache--tomato,... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker

  • LuckyLucy, let me also welcome you to Snooth!  If you're looking for ... suggest an older southern Rhone. Many of the grenache, syrah, mourvedre blends have loads of dark cherry and earth, but may be a bit on the tannic side when young. Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a bit pricey) or Cote rotie may fit the bill.Tonight just seemed like an Oregon pinot n... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • I've actually started looking at points again, esp Parker for some ... If ... If it's a Syrah from the Rhone, it's been treated to a lot of oak...  In fact, I think that Parker has done more harm to the N. Rhone than to all the other regions combined. Sure, lots of Napa Cab makers pushed the ripeness ever higher because Parker liked the ripest... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 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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