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,...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

    It´s a way of seeing things, being open to new ideas, never taking anything for granted, not bein...

  • Château de Nages

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Sandra & I are feeling good tonight, because we came home from meeting with ... a nice French GSM from the Rhone Valley.  This 2009 Vacqueyras Chateau Des Hautes Ribes received 90 points on Wine Spectator in 2010.  It's a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 5% Mourverde and 5% Cinsault.  Upon our first taste, we both said, "This is nice"!  I thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Looking forward to it, Claudia.  When in Lodi, don't miss Acquiesce ... Tipton specializes in white Rhone style wines and they are FANTASTIC!!http://www.acquiescevineyards.co Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68

  • Randyfisher, nice to see you.  Funny thing is that some of the vineyards in the Rhone now haul in rock because consumers expect it.  It's not all natural. When I get home, I'll dig out some pix of the vineyards from last years trip to Piemonte.  I might also have some on my phone from last week in Amador County.  Nice start, though.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard

  • Love the pics of the old Rhone vines Al. Amazing anything can grow there. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard

  • Domaine Roger Perrin Côtes du Rhône 2007


    very well balanced, perhaps it is the 7 years age that has help this wine develop into a surprisingly flavorful, balanced and great drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by erapaich

  • Terra d'Oro wines are the more expensive, but their wines are generally ... ... making either Italian or Rhone styled wines.  I think that's where the interesting action is, so I'd probably disagree with Mr. Got Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... Easton.  DTR is the Rhone side of things, Easton the mostly-zin side.  Bill Easton staked his career on Amador County in 1986, and unlike many of the growers and makers, he was not already a farmer or son of a farmer in the area.  I've been a fan of his GSM blends for a half-dozen yea... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101

  • First part done.So the locals also suggested Jocko's to my wife, and we ... Syrah, Bandol or southern Rhone,  but Cab and Mourvedre sound like they would clash.  Well, not so much, it turns out.  I also tasted the Syrah from two locations, one cooler and one warmer, with about 14% grenache.  Surprisingly good for a Central Coast Syrah, not ove... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Two Quick Trips, Your latest...

  • Still in the Completely Different realm--well, at least, different enough. ... ... 57 type of blend--Bordeaux-, Rhone-, California-based grapes.Can you read at the bottom where it says "Crianza."  "Trece meses en barricas francesas y gringas."Gringas?OK.  I've tasted it.  It's not a bad wine, but it is also not a particularly distinctive wine.... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • Ortas le Grand Jas Côtes du Rhône 2013


    Rather dark for a CdR with lots of dark fruit on the nose. Sweet dark fruit on entry with little acid and soft tannins. Long finish with a nice bit of redeming licorice. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • 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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