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

  • 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...

  • Marsanne

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • 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

  • Le Coq Bleu Cotes Du Rhone 2014

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Pale Ruby Red medium opacity in the glass. Opens with a bit of baking yeast, then a dusty cherry plum; then cranberry and baking spice.Finishes with a bit vanilla, Most of these carry over to the palate, but more earth, mushroom, and black berries. Medium high Tannins and Acidity that smooth out after sitting ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Michel Gassier Costieres de Nimes Lou Coucardie Blanc 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by peskycat1


  • Domaine Courbis la Sabarotte Cornas 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Yeah but it's tough. He said edge of the rust belt - not sure where exactly ... all over the north and south Rhone, some from estate fruit and some as a negociant. It's pretty widely available but it's a perfect example of what happens when a wine shop owner doesn't have a curious clientele - "Wine from France, check. Wine from Chile? Check."It... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • JonDerry - I'm looking through my distributor catalogues for Rutherford ... ... I'll get a Cotes du Rhone or Bordeaux every now and then when I taste it and think it is good but my people won't buy th Read More

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  • Chateau Saint Roch Lirac Cru de la Vallee du Rhone 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I'll give you all a few recommendations from my current collectionJosh ... ... ... finest)St Cosme Cotes Du Rhone RedEducated Guess Cabernet NapaCasas Patronales Carmenere ReservaMontes Alpha Carmenere, SyrahHappy drinki Read More

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  • Domaine du Monteillet Condrieu 2001

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... of the west bank of the Rhone south of the Cote-Rotie AOC.Four of the communes also form part of the Saint Joseph AOC.The grapes are grown on steep south and south-east facing slopes overlooking the river.The viognier grape is beleived to have originated in this area.Condrieu is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some Cotes du Rhone and some Bordeaux and somewhere in there, you can find something good for under $15, definitely under $20--maybe even a village-level Cotes du Rhone like a Cairanne or Seguret; you can also get some Languedocs and other things, but you need to taste them a... Read More

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  • Domaine Alary la Font d'Estevenas Cairanne 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex.It is from the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation.This AOC was set up in 1953 for red,white and rose wines and refers to 90 communes in the southern Rhone valley.Since 1967 18 of the communes including Cairanne are allowed to put the name of the village on the label.Cairanne vi... 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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