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

  • 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...

  • 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"...

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • VV/RBA-Paso has some really good GSM/Rhone Blends such as Epoch, Denner, Adelaida, Linne Colado and others. My only issue is that they are not as a good QPR now as prices continue to go up. Word is OUT! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Excellent Rhone red blend from the Perrin Family (of Beaucastel fame). Decanted for an hour or so and it still opened up more as the evening went on. On the nose there was lots of perfume at the start which blew off fairly quickly being replaced by notes of blackberry and blueberry. On initial taste the syrah really jumps out with layers of ripe... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • V V - That Cotes-du-Rhone wine does look tasty to me, and an excellent pairing with the steaks.Yesterday was another day out on the town - Washington DC in this case.  We had tickets to see the musical 'Once', which is basically a lot of Irish music and a story line.  I generally don't appreciate musicals and so I wasn't all that excited about a... Read More

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  • RBA, on our last trip to Paso we found a lot more GSM/Rhone blends. Previously visits had us swimming mainly in big jammy zins but things there have definitely taken a turn (for the better IMHO).Mark, I have yet to try anything from Halcon but will be searching the shelves at some of my local specialty wine shops for some.  I've heard nothing bu... Read More

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  • Louis Bernard Costieres de Nimes Blanc 2014

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    This very modest white from the mouth of the Rhone is made from a combination of typical grape varieties of the Val du Rhone. Pepper is evident on entry along with tropical fruit such as pineapple and pear. This wine has a slight hardness associated mostly with youth, but is tasty and an excellemt bargain - having been reduced by half price by... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Al, my comment about the wine list pics was pretty stupid.  Keep up the ... behind v v.  This is my Rhone Blend, tonight, from a much more northern location in the state. 60% Mourvedre/40% Grenache. Incredibly easy to drink.  Initial hit of prune flavor is not over the top. As you might expect not the biggest red wine in the world, but not shy... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Les Closiers Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

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    This wine was purchased in The Hague to augment the closure of the day spent in Amsterdam. It is about 80% Grenache and exudes the aroma of crushed red currant, cherry whips and Kirsch. A bit untamed on the palate but full of aforesaid red fruit and gentle tannin. Worthy. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • It feels like the weekend but since we're not going out tonight, I'm ... ... Wine.  It is a 2010 Rhone Wine and quite nice I must say.  I would give it an 8 out of 10 on the Big Al Scale of Wine Appreciatio Read More

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  • "Did I destroy the wine by putting it in the fridge after it had been ... ... much an inexpensive Cotes du Rhone even though they're calling it Ventoux.Ventoux is one of the little areas that's aiming to be the next CdP now that CdP has become the equivalent of Bordeaux in terms of pricing. Ventoux is kind of where CdP was about thirty years a... Read More

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  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Aoc Grands Classiques 2010

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    Nice wine for the price. Read More

    Wine review by PaTay


  • 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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