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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • 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

  • There are others here that will undoubtedly tell be able to tell you more, but ... some sauvignon blancs and Rhone blends thrown in.  The Dry Creek Zin is little brother to the Black Boar Zin which is well received as their Petite Sirah.  I've not had their SB nor all of the Rhone Blends.  They have a Rousanne/Viognier that I'm really interest... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition Rosé 2016

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    Binny's 6/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Languedoc is a part of France renowned for good bottles of wine at reasonable ... could easily be a northern Rhone such is the quality. Robert Parker,the well known American wine critic is a fan of this estate. I wrote up a review on here of cour Read More

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  • Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux 2014

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    Light and effusive at the start this grows with a little time in the glass. Plenty of cherry and red plum with a touch of spice, anise and moderate tannins pair with good acidity and a relatively short but lively aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of ... ... ... way over in the northern Rhone. Have only had one, and that was in the '80s. Would love to revisit it.You mention the '90 La Romanee Conti and JD mentions the Beaucastel from that year. Burg and Rhone (both south and north with plenty of Chave in the mix) horiz... Read More

    Forum post in the topic 5 wines to try before you die by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • RBA-Congratulations to all. Sounds expensive........We moved our youngest ... This Alina White Rhone Blend-50% Marsanne and 50% Roussane was our first of such varietal but it was most excellent. We are quickly becoming big fans of Macario & Griselda as we have not had a bad wine from them! A bright, tropical and crisp white with some lemon, min... Read More

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


  • DM - We are familiar with the Pinot Noir in Burgundy, as we visited that area ... Viking River Cruise down the Rhone River back in 2015.  My web page documents the exciting times we had.  We do get plenty of Pinot Noir from Sonoma and Napa, along with Alexander and Anderson Valleys.  Duckhorn, Medlock Ames, even Barnett make Pinot Noir.  I don... Read More

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  • Dear DMCKR, if you are near Minami Aoyama and want to come see them I ... from Napa Valley, French are Rhone, Champagne and Bordeaux, and the Aussie/NZ are a bit mixed.  I have purchased them all and have been cellared since purchase.  I hope this helps.  You can also email me directly at brian_marcus@hotmail.com :)&nbs Read More

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  • That reserve labeling is abused world wide - France included - The Famille ... ... ... Reserve in the southern Rhone is actually their entry level CdR wine and costs about $10.The word used to mean something and as GREG stated it's marketing.  Some producers do honor the word, but most don' Read More

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  • RBA -  "Holy shit, it's raining hard here in Springfield VA ... ... as well as the southern Rhon Read More

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  • 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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