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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  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Marsanne

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

  • Viognier

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

    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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • M. Chapoutier

    The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Poly...

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Stephen, your original post at top of this thread brings up a number of ... ... ... way over in the northern Rhone. Have only had one, and that was in the '80s. Would love to revisit it.You mention the '90 La Romanee Conti and JD mentions the Beaucastel from that year. Burg and Rhone (both south and north with plenty of Chave in the mix) horiz... Read More

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  • RBA-Congratulations to all. Sounds expensive........We moved our youngest ... This Alina White Rhone Blend-50% Marsanne and 50% Roussane was our first of such varietal but it was most excellent. We are quickly becoming big fans of Macario & Griselda as we have not had a bad wine from them! A bright, tropical and crisp white with some lemon, min... Read More

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  • DM - We are familiar with the Pinot Noir in Burgundy, as we visited that area ... Viking River Cruise down the Rhone River back in 2015.  My web page documents the exciting times we had.  We do get plenty of Pinot Noir from Sonoma and Napa, along with Alexander and Anderson Valleys.  Duckhorn, Medlock Ames, even Barnett make Pinot Noir.  I don... Read More

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  • Dear DMCKR, if you are near Minami Aoyama and want to come see them I ... from Napa Valley, French are Rhone, Champagne and Bordeaux, and the Aussie/NZ are a bit mixed.  I have purchased them all and have been cellared since purchase.  I hope this helps.  You can also email me directly at brian_marcus@hotmail.com :)&nbs Read More

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  • That reserve labeling is abused world wide - France included - The Famille ... ... ... Reserve in the southern Rhone is actually their entry level CdR wine and costs about $10.The word used to mean something and as GREG stated it's marketing.  Some producers do honor the word, but most don' Read More

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  • RBA -  "Holy shit, it's raining hard here in Springfield VA ... ... as well as the southern Rhon Read More

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  • I panicked!No, we just felt like some red. I misjudged the style a ... Well, ... Well, it was like a southern Rhone white, like a CdP or something.  It was good.  Rich and weighty, lots of pear flavor.  I like the flavor of pear but not the texture of the fruit, so that's good.  Dry, but full and fruity.  Went great with our Chinese noodles wi... Read More

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  • P.S.  The Seattle Urban Wineries are all open on the 2nd Saturday of each ... Nota Bene - Great BDX and Rhone style reds, Laurelhurst - dark and lush reds from Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla, Charles Smith - Multiple Syrahs from Walla Walla and his Chardonnay project named Sixto.Cheer Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Really, really good white Rhone style wine from Tablas. Very well balanced, somewhat rich and layered. On the tongue there's ripe pear, apricot, a hint of spice on the backend (clove, tarragon?), medium acidity and a medium length finish. This held its own with a pot roast dinner. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine Font de Michelle Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, a bit darker than usual but in my view an ideal color. The nose presents aromas of ripe fruit, plum, cherry and dates, overlaid with some wonderful dried floral and spice notes. The taste is a nice rush of sweet fruit up front, a combination of berries and dried fruit that transition to some lovely spice n... Read More

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