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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  • 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

    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"...

  • Syrah

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

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • M. Chapoutier

    The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Poly...

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

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  • (This from an other event) In keeping with Rhone theme I decided to with the syrah idea but tweaked it just a little bit to travel north in style. Stayed stateside this time and enjoyed this:The 2015 Beckman Vineyards Purisima Mountain Syrah. Much denser and dark berry influenced it was full bodied, tannic and driven. Pepper and added to the mel... Read More

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  • M. Chapoutier Cotes-du-Rhone Rose Belleruche 2016


    i was hoping for a sweeter Rose as my wife prefers that style but this was a disappointment to us both as it seemed just kind of bland. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Chateau D Aqueria Tavel France 2017


    a nicely done Rose that's not overly sweet or dry but very smooth and pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Must be glad it's out of stock. On the other hand - I'm waiting on a bevy of southern Rhone wines from the 2015 & 16 vintages.  Will post as they are tasted. Read More

    Forum post in the topic The Humble Côtes du Rhône...

  • La Vieille Ferme Blanc Luberon 2017


    This wine is simply astounding value at about nine dollars US (12 $C in Canada). the nose is quite pungent... with crushed nettle, black pepper and a hint of peach. The entry is smooth, with a hint of used cinnamon bark and lots of good white fruit. Vermentino and Grenache Blanc seem to dominate. For parties at Yuletide, this cannot be beat. ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • You are quite right; I neither lost nor gained as the virtual reality was not ... not ... but more recently, Rhone Rangers based largely on Syrah) and, sometimes, the Cali white (mostly over-extracted, blossom-infused Chardonnay... an acquired taste, but still highly worthy, I grant you).  They come by this naturally - with so much good wine ... Read More

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  • I'm going to buy the 2015 Jaboulet La Chappelle soon (really).  To ... To ... this is more like a Rhone".  It was fabulous.  It opened up after an hour and blew me awa Read More

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  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2017


    The 2017 Saint Vincent Cotes du Rhone Blanc is a very fragrant (flowers, wild grass, and vanilla) with a reasonably smooth, slightly stringent entry; flavours are tisane, and somewhat neutral white fruit - perhaps gooseberry. This is a good quality sipper as a aperitif or with seafood. Delicious for the price and vintage. 87. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Le Ferme Du Mont made a bevy of good wines in the Southern Rhone from the 2016 vintage.  Gonna snag as many a possible from them. Read More

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  • Just so you know, I did try the wine I plugged for in the heading for this ... ... ... Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone Villages Plan de Dieu Saint-Mapalis 2016.  My interest in the wine is that it is available in sufficient quantity for my entertainment requirements at Christmas as well as a good small gift for friends and associates.  I will t... 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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