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,...

  • 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

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • 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...

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

  • 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...

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Cellier des Princes

    The vineyards of the Cellier des Princes, which is the only co-operative on the Châteauneuf du Pa...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

    Ferraton Père et Fils is a winery/negociant in the north of the Côtes du Rhône. Their wines are...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Rudius Syrah Walla Walla Valley Stoney Vine Vineyard 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Delicate plum. Big peppery nose, but all smooth going down. One of the best syrahs I've had in years. Slightly earthy/loamy in the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Rysler


  • Ferraton Père and Fils Côtes du Rhône Samorëns Rose 2015

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    Light cherry and watermelon notes on the nose. Delicate palate of soft cherry, strawberry and melon with some citrus acidity coming in towards the finish and a lingering spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Eric et Joël Durand "Les Coteaux" Saint-Joseph 2012

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    This needed a good hour of decanting before drinking and it evolves as you drink. Blueberry, currant, pepper, gamy notes with additional layers of nuance lead to a medium tannin finish. Easily has a couple of years left. Paul 92 points. Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • "So not much of a Burgundy/ Swiss connection Dave?"On one level ... ... by some as the source of the Rhone, while others only see the lake as a wide spot in the river with its origins even further upstream in the biggest winegrowing part of Switzerland. Growing conditions, though, are harder up into the alps even if only their foothills, and t... Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone les Deux Albion 2012

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    Inviting and elegant this has red berry fruit, spice, incense, modest tannins and well balanced acidity to the lively, though short aftertaste. Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Looks like a fun trip and you started it off the right way in the airport ... ... Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year, and we also had a red wine sampler in the airport.  I hope you discover some wonderful wines!  Will you be trying frog legs or escargot?&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic It seems I am off to France


  • As I mentioned Andrew Murray, I hope you didn't think the Tennis Player; rather the So. Cal Rhone Ranger trying his best to complicate your palate with multiple long and confusing flavors. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Because of our internet: www.sinequanon.com 'admits'  Rhone Style as do Austin Hope, Andrew Murray, Treana to name a few. I like the California Rhone Rangers. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Because we all know that the internet, Google and Wiki are always right (see: snopes.com). Rhone varieties yes, but not Rhone style. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • GregT no disrespect but even SQN.com and WIKI.com and Google.com  claim them first as a Rhone Style Wine. 1st  (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)Easy: search Google "Rhone Style Sine Qua Non"When it comes to SQN or S Cal.  or Rhone or Australia I tip my HAT to Glaetzer and Penfolds, and Clarendon ..   Barossa and McClaren Vale and Heathcote.  recently... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • 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

    Comment by 475516gildak 475516 gildak


  • 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....

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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