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"...

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

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

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

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...

  • 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...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine les Deux Cols Cuvée d'Alizé 2015

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    clear, deep purple; clean, pronounced nose of blackberry, blackcurrant, cherry, mint and cedar; dry, acidic and medium tannins, medium body, red cherries, raspberry, strawberry, mint, stones, shellfish, medium finish; felt that the seafood hints in such a bottle was quite surprising! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • OK, most of you know I love Tablas Creek wines and this wine just reinforces my ... ... Just a phenomenal Paso Rhone white blen Read More

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  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014

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    Creamy lemon balm and spicy citrus zest aromas with ripe melon and a touch of peach. This is nicely thick and creamy on the palate, almost oily in texture with floral notes of peach, melon and buttery lemon sorbet towards the lightly oaked finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2015

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    Light watermelon and strawberry aromas. Chunky and soft on the palate with melon notes and a fun fresh spice on the mid palate finishing with a touch of cherry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2015

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    100% Syrah. Old world in style but showed some ripe fruit on the nose as well as the palate. Nice acidity with soft tannins and some pepper on the finish. Really nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Day 3, just when you thought it couldn't get any better. Yesterday was ... us two syrahs (one Northern Rhone style and the other a whole cluster wild yeast ferment) as well as his two cabs one of which was a Napa Valley with grapes from St. Helena and Calistoga and his single vineyard Amoenus. All four are from the 2014 vintage and are extremel... Read More

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  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2013

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    rich dark fruits on nose, savoury and structured Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Prestige 2012

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    rich dark fruits on nose, savoury and structured Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2015

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    light; herbs and grassy nose; hints of honey and citrus Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Henri de Villars 'La Forgeotte' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a stand at last month's London France Show. The Coteaux du Lyonnais is an appellation created in 1984,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red,white and rose wines [but 75% are red ] made of gamay or chardonnay grapes from an area of 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • 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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