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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Nice map, OT.  Now, if we could just get your infanticide problem under ... ... think if you can get N. Rhone flavor out of your Syrah, then your Grenache might not be ideal.  But it was very reasonable (around $16 for Cali grenache) and went great with fried chicken salad and some second-day mac'n'chees Read More

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  • OT, I went fairly deep considering this was my first order placed with Bedrock ... $10 and it is an excellent Rhone rose made from Merlot and Syrah. Subtle nose of strawberry and red cherry. On the palate is more strawberry, bing cherry, cranberry, a bit of green melon, lively acidity and a medium finish. Great QP Read More

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  • Louis Latour Chardonnay Ardeche 2014

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    Crisp,inexpensive...worthy of a daily indulgence. Read More

    Wine review by jimmygourmet


  • Well, the Sancerre was my favorite.  There were a couple (3) of nice ... ... plus a cheap one from the Rhone Valley.  I do like the Sancerre region though.  No real details available as we were just trying to characterize the wines to their region and grape. &nbs Read More

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  • EM - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall look for a bottle out here ... ... much more of a Northern Rhone Syrah.  Nose of blueberries, tobacco, spice and vanilla. Smooth rich mouth. Medium length. Very nice stuff.&quo Read More

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  • Haut Coquillon Costières de Nîmes Vin Rouge Vin Tranquille France Vallée du Rhône A.o.c. Cave Pilote de Gallician 2005

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    Syrah review. pomegranate essence with a silky finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Louis Latour Coteaux de l'Ardeche Chardonnay 2013

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    Excellent, distinctive, dry everyday wine at a reasonable price. Read More

    Wine review by jimmygourmet


  • Lamb with Syrah, yep.  Also CdP.  I am going to do a ground lamb ... ... leaning toward Grenache or a Rhone blend. D, tempranillo is a good call--and one I did a little while back when I put Romesco sauce on some burgers.  Temrpanillo, to me, often serves as an alternative to Cab because it takes to oak so well and offers such nice, dark fruit... Read More

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  • J. Vidal-Fleury Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2012

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    A light viognier that is citrusy wih a touch of green apple. The finish is long and oaky. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Cotes du Rhone Rose Parallele 45 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Stripeyspots


  • 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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