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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

    For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Théophile Boisson...

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2013


    Light and fresh top notes redolent of juicy pear, green apple and toast with hints of more tropical fruits. Gorgeous bright lemon, green apple and chunky mango notes in the mouth, this pops with acidity on entry and keeps up the zestiness through the finish, where touches of cream and butter mellow the finish, which is oaked and very much the ca... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Perrin & Fils Rasteau l'Andeol 2011


    This village wine from the Cotes-du-Rhone is always quite consistent - although a bit thin this time round. Very Grenache - on the lesser side of life with light colour, leafy cherry flavour and little power for a village wine. No comparison with the 2009 and 2010, but good everyday wine for the patio - without coarseness - but lacking in fruit... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Xavier Vignon Cote du Rhone Rouge 2010


    This Xavier Wine I am enjoying tonight was tasted at Marquis Wines Vancouver BC served by the blender of the wine (when he was in the south of France), John Clerides, proprietor. I don't know John well, but he's a clever guy: the eclectic blend of minor grape varieties along with the usual Grenache base is delicious - with a twist; the bright c... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cellier des Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Prestige 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by yarnanimal

  • Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2012


    flows very nicely off of the palate yet something seems flat and earthy so this makes it mildly less inviting to think a bout another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Got my fall shipment from Bedrock a couple days ago.  It's been ... ... the CFO said she prefers the Rhone white blends.  Guess that's why they make so many different wine Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...

  • RBA, looks like a Cab Franc kind of Sunday on the East side as we also enjoyed ... (but not in a good earthy Rhone kind of way, just somewhat stale Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Cuvee de 3 Messes Basses Blanc Rhone Valley France 2014


    There's a bit of green melon on the nose, on the tongue is some lemon pith, a touch of lime sherbet, decent acidity and a medium finish which has a little cooking spice thing on the back of the throat. The 2014 is a blend of 50% Clairette and 50% Grenache Blanc. Still a great QPR for around $14. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2014


    The 2014 edition of "Saint Vincent" is delicious - much like the previous 2 editions - and affordable by almost everyone. The elegant, pear, tisane and gooseberry flavours are clean, pure and without edge - surprising at this price point. Though intended for immediate consumption, due to the Roussane component could last 2 more years in bottle... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • M Chapoutier-Bellerouche Rose 2010


    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore

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