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

  • 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

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this 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...

  • Marsanne

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

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

    The Coteaux du Lyonnais is an appellation created in 1984,although viticulture in the ares goes...

  • Southern Rhône

      Located along a southeastern section of the Rhone River, this area is home to prestigious ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Was able to latch onto a couple of these a few years back and just finished my ... own right.  He makes Rhone style wines and does them very well at times  - this being a good example.  It was our wine of the night Thursday's watching of the Badgers sleep walking through another game.It's out of the Santa Ynez Valley - it's a bold wine, like I... Read More

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  • Greenock Creek is one to be careful of - the wines are often in the 16-18% ... ... under the Plexus label and a Rhone White as wellOn restaurants and wine - i think Aussie winemakers are making more effort to reach out and connect with restaurants.If you give me a couple of names of your favourite locals I will let the people i know ...know ab... Read More

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  • Henri de Villars 'La Forgeotte' Coteaux du Lyonnais 2014

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from a stand at last month's London France Show. The Coteaux du Lyonnais is an appellation created in 1984,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red white and rose wines [but 75% are red ] made of gamay or chardonnay grapes from an area of 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foot... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • EMARK - RBA - the information is correct and here I just assumed it was the ... ... think he confused Red/Rhone Blend with Bordeaux Blend and gave you the wrong impression.  Still he should have know better, but we all make mistakes - now you know for the next tim Read More

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  • Domaine Bernard Gripa Saint-Péray les Pins Saint-Péray 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • How many of those left at home now, Greg?Agree with you on the poor enticement ... whole different subject.The Rhone 'landscape' has changed so much since then when 2/3 of the C9dPs seemingly smelled of road apples. Does anyone have any dope on how Grillet has evolved/adapated/whatever since the Read More

    Forum post in the topic Viognier Virgin by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • As RCKR1951 says viognier originated in France,like so many of the so-called ... be specific in the northern Rhone valley in the Condrieu appellation. I have had several. It is a dry wine with a melon,peach and pear style fruit and some have a floral finish. Chateau Grillet is also made of viognier but I have not tried o Read More

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  • Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone 2014

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    Drank pop and pour. Classic grenache on the nose and fairly translucent in the glass. Medium weight and red fruited in the mouth with some acidity. Finishes with some pretty strong green tannins. Classic in style. We'll see what day two brings.Second day the wine fruit has settled a bit and the acidity has come forward. The green tannins remain.... Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • The make some seriously good wineThe Dry Red No 1 is my Favourite its its a ... a ... Dry Red No 2 is more Rhone Style Shiraz ViognierUnderhill above is excellent as wellThey are around the 80-100 mark here but if you spend that amount they are worth it BUTThey do need at least 10 years - 04 Underhil should be in a good pla Read More

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  • Continue the research. May be some dark horses from areas that are ordinarily ... ... Gattinara. Good Northern Rhone syrahs will still be vital, and it was a very good year for them.Reservas and Gran Reservas from Rioja are also good for that vintage. GregT can provide more detailed info about other Spanish alternatives. I've had tasty Vega Si... Read More

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