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"...

  • 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...

  • Muscat

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

  • 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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

    For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Théophile Boisson...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2010

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    If you like the Southern Rhone, this wine from the denominated commune (village) of Rasteau is a delight. It bears a perfume of sweet raspberry and cherry, and the entry is a pleasure... there is that grainy, chocolate raspberry coffee flavour throughout - almost overpowering - but not too, too unsubtle. Finish is long and satisfying with tanni... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • That Tetra looks and sounds like a great deal.  Basically a Rhone-style blend, right? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Ever tried this?I picked it up for $30 marked down from $80. Seemed like a good ... ... syrupy quality like some Rhone wines I've had but not overwhelming. I swear there's some grenache in that bottle. Very pleasant.2006 TetraNa Read More

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  • Ok folks, I have our web site done.  This documents our recent vacation to ... to ... with the Burgundy, Rhone Valley and Provence wine regions. &nbs Read More

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  • Stand by my statement, OT, especially after the dozen or more different ... ... too. How much SB (not a Rhone product but you were drinking wines from other regions too, from your posts) did you have in France, Al? Some of them would've been eye-opening, I'm sure. I'm guessing OT was asking about more writeups, too, not just photo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Italian dinner tonight on our own nickel in Nice.  We ordered a 375 mL ... ... and a 375 mL bottle of a Rhone valley wine to pair with our dinner.  Very tasty but we couldn't finish all the wine, so we brought a 1/2 bottle back to our hote Read More

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  • A lot of the southern Rhone valley has a stony or pebbly soil 'terre de galets ' which firstly means good drainage and secondly that as Al has said heat is reflected back to the vines at night Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • La Vieille Ferme Cotes du Ventoux Rouge 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • "Basically a Rhone-style blend, right?"If you read the label they are all standard Bordeaux-blend varietals.Though with a right-bank garagiste style on steroids, it would seem... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • We did a drive around the vineyards and the tour guide said the large number of ... ... of river rocks (from the Rhone) do provide heat to the vines in the evening.  Regarding the vines themselves, all vineyards we have seen in France have the vines very close to the ground, and in this AOC, they remove all but the best grapes during an early t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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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