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"...

  • 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 ...

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  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • 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

  • Al if it's true that you have 400 some bottles and you've only been ... Cabs, some wines from the N. Rhone and Piedmont and maybe the occasional Brunello and maybe a few collectibles from Spain.I don't know what you have but as a general rule, wine clubs are not a really good way to acquire cellar-worthy wines. Best case, you'll just over pay.... Read More

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  • Chateau du Rozay Condrieu 1992

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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


  •  We put a cork in the rest of the Spanish white and opened this ... ... this bargain (~$10) southern Rhone blend of Grenache and Syrah to go with our lamb leftovers.  This is a lot of red fruit and nice acidity vs. earthiness and was quite tasty for a mid-week with leftovers quaff. QPR of the year (so far Read More

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  • Domaine Vindemio Regain Cotes du Ventoux 2011

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    Really good QPR on this southern Rhone blend of Grenache and Syrah. Fairly fruit forward with red and black cherry, raspberry and a touch of cranberry. There's nice acidity to go with light tannins and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Grand Vin des Cotes du Rhone Cornas Jean Lionnet 2004

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... name on the west bank of the Rhone near the town of Valence.It is one of the Rhone valley's smaller appellations with less than 100 hectares under vine on granite soils on southerly facing slopes.My bottle is from a cuvee made by Jean Lionnet at Domaine Rochepertuis the year before he retir... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Vaudieu Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010

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    Mighty fine CdP. Crushed black cherry, subtle chocolate and a touch of anise on the palate, with a slight hint of menthol on the nose. There's medium grained tannins along with some medium acidity to balance out the ripe dark fruit on the medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • M. Chapoutier St. Joseph Deschants 2006

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone opposite Tain/Hermitage on the east about 40 miles south of Lyon.The red wines are made from the syrah grape [although since 1979 up to 10% of the white grapes marsanne and rousanne have been allowed in a blend ].Saint-Joseph is not considered as prestigious... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Rx,I was going to say, headaches are like allergies.  Very difficult to ... certain ones, but typically Rhone I'm fine.  AS for your sister, I wouldn't share any wine with her!  Read More

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  • Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2009

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    Bearing in mind my mental state (opening a corked wine by a competitor from Rasteau), this wine still meets the boundaries of excellence...beautiful nose of cherry cake that brings on memories of childhood with Grandmother plus the rich cherry liqueur and spice (pepper) on entry plus again the smooth almond bitter finish and we have a winner. 9... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... these are planted to various Rhone (PS, Syrah and Viognier), Spanish (Albarino and Tempranillo) and Italian (Barbera and Trebbianon) grape varieties.  In addition to these "Estate Grown" grapes, it appears that vint other varieties (e.g., PG, Primitivo and Zinfandel) fr... Read More

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