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

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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"...

  • Muscat

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

  • 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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

    It´s a way of seeing things, being open to new ideas, never taking anything for granted, not bein...

  • Château de Ségriès

    In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Cuilleron Viognier Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes 2006


    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for £10. It ... ... producer in the northern Rhone valley.The grapes were grown in vineyards close to the village of Chavanay which is outside the boundaries of the Condrieu appellation so hence the Vin de Pays designation.Later vintages of this are labeled as 'Les Vignes de la ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Saint Joseph les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux 2018


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website www.vinatis.co.uk ... ... ... on the west bank ofthe Rhone river opposite Tain/Hermitage on the east bank.The wines were originally called Saint Joseph by Jesuit monks in the 17th century. My bottle comes from the Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux co-operative group and consists of 100% syrah.... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cote-Rotie Loss Domaine Pichat 2018


    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.vinatis.co.uk website for ... on the west bank of the Rhone river about 20 miles south of Lyon.The name roughly translates as 'roasted slope' as the vines are grown on sunny south facing terraced slopes overlooking the river. The wines are mostly syrah although up to 10% of the white grape viognier may ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Papillon Crozes-Hermitage Domaine Gilles Robin 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for ... on ... ... on the east bank of the Rhone river.It is larger though less prestigious than the Hermitage appellation.90% of production is of red wines such as mine.My bottle is made from 100% syrah[ fairly young grapes averaging only 20 years of age] and was not oaked I ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cave de Pazac le Pigeonnier Costieres de Nimes 2017


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from the www.vinatris.co.uk ... is on ... is on the west side of the Rhone valley and is regarded as the most southerly of all the Rhone appellations.My bottle comes from a small co-operative group and consists of 50% syrah.20% carignan.20% marselan and 10% grenache.I started it last night with my supper of... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine de Piaugier Cotes du Rhone 2001


    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for £8.The Cotes du Rhone is an appellation set up in 1937,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red,rose, and white wines from the Rhone valley in southern France.My bottle consists of 80% grenache and the rest a mix of cinsault,syrah and carignan.The wine was aged i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Chateau de la Gardine Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2000


    I bought this bottle of wine from the www.bidforwine.co.uk website for ... area of the southern Rhone valley where it is ther most prestigious appellation.Chateauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates as 'the Pope's new palace' because in the 14th century Pope John XXII built himself a new home [now derelict but a tourist attraction] and also took a g... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint-vincent" 2018


    The 2018 Saint-Vincent blend CdR from Gabriel Meffre is on target once more: The backbone of Grenache Blanc is bolstered by some ginger snap of Viognier and soft herbal tea flavours and scent of Roussanne. Bouquet is very inviting at this price point: kiwi fruit, wet iron minerality, and viognier ginger and cake spice. Quite inviting, and ent... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • The Kendall Jackson 2012 Chard Reserve is a good buy.  Interesting that it ... pizazz to boot.  Some Rhone whites (CdR) are also on sale, including the Gabriel Meffre Saint-Vincent which has some more expensive varieties in the blend (e.g. Roussanne, Viognier) other than just Grenache Blanc.  I have not tried it this year, but at about 15 dolla... Read More

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  • Domaine des Muttes Clairette de Die Tradition Methode Dioise Ancestrale Cuvee Colombe NV


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • 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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