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...

  • 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,...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • 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...

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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    Layers of nuanced red and dark fruits, cherry and plum with a little dusty earth thrown. Gentle tannins and well balanced acidity allow the elegance of this grenache driven wine to shine. 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Just saw this offer from Chambers Street. Have had earlier vintages of this ... and grip I love about the Rhone with the mellow spirit of the Beaujolais. What's not to love?  The nose offers earthy spice, white pepper, plum, high-toned raspberry and crushed violets. The palate is an exercise in balance. Delightfully lean and light-bodied with ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Les Dauphines Cotes du Rhone

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    very smooth, lithe and supple like a good Rhone wine should be! Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Somehow looks like a combo between Southern Rhone and Bordeaux and Northern Italian. Also, then, should ask where's the petit verdot and the cab franc, or the mourvedre and syrah?  Perhaps they could acknowledge their more recent California del Norte wine culture heritage and throw in some Zin as well. One wonders why they avoided Spanish (other... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • There are others here that will undoubtedly tell be able to tell you more, but ... some sauvignon blancs and Rhone blends thrown in.  The Dry Creek Zin is little brother to the Black Boar Zin which is well received as their Petite Sirah.  I've not had their SB nor all of the Rhone Blends.  They have a Rousanne/Viognier that I'm really interest... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Mas des Bressades Cuvee Tradition Rosé 2016

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    Binny's 6/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Languedoc is a part of France renowned for good bottles of wine at reasonable ... could easily be a northern Rhone such is the quality. Robert Parker,the well known American wine critic is a fan of this estate. I wrote up a review on here of cour Read More

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  • Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux 2014

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    Light and effusive at the start this grows with a little time in the glass. Plenty of cherry and red plum with a touch of spice, anise and moderate tannins pair with good acidity and a relatively short but lively aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • 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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