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 ...

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  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • 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...

  • 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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  • ALINEALMEDIA, the Viking Cruise did include the tasting and wine tour at Skalli in Chateauneuf du Pape.   Read More

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  • I second the rec to hang around Lyon. It's an old Roman town that's worth exploring. Also, traditionally it's known as the place where French traditional cuisine was centered. Lots of great chocolate shops in the town. It's also where Beaujolais was mostly consumed and you're really close so I'd definitely visit some places in Beaujolais. Lots o... Read More

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  • I knew I could count on you guys! Thanks so much for such great insight!I've been to Burgundy, spent 4 wonderful days with a designated driver and was able to taste some spectacular wine. Which in a way is a disservice, because now I keep wanting to drink the same wines here in NY, but they are way more expensive.In any event... I am a bit of an... Read More

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  • Here's the Les Halles indoor market which always (rightfully so) gets a lot of play by overseas visitors, including TV and movies. Very upscale but you've gotta go once--or more than once. The city even asked Paul Bocuse to brand it, something that elicits various reactions, but really has little to do with the markets and drinking and eating pl... Read More

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  • Have you been to Burgundy before? Lyon deserves a day or more (far more) for ... ... in the 'southern Rhone' and opening on to other neighboring regions with interesting wines, too, while the 'northern Rhone' (just north of the 'southern' but south of Burgundy) makes better wine, IMHO. Both 'Rhone' areas focus on very different grapes than th... Read More

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  • This is so great, thanks so much! Looks like you guys had a wonderful time. Was the Chateauneuf du Pape tour included in your cruise? I am trying to find one that is not private, leaving from Avignon... Read More

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  • Why not contact the Lyon tourist office?If you had booked your trip on Expedia ... ... alternative to northern Rhone,and closer to Lyon would be Beaujolais or closer still,the Coteaux de Lyona Read More

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  • We did a Viking river cruise down the Rhone and extended our trip to Nice back in 2015.  Take a look at our web site for some ideas of where to visit. Read More

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  • Hi guys, I'm here again for some advice on wine travel: I will be in Lyon this November for 4 days (well, 3 and 1/2) and I was thinking about trying to hit a couple of caves. I will not be driving, which makes it tricky, but not afraid of taking trains, buses, Bla Bla Car, Uber, etc... Also not *totally* opposed to tours... I know, beggars can't... Read More

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  • Thanks Paul..Although I haven't experienced it in 10+ years, I do love a ... love a Wet Year in Southern Rhone specific to Rousilion  (Red/ White single varietal).-and the CURRENT Provence Rose 2015-16 Vintages /already available and celebrated,Obviously I again like the singles. And it appears to be a very Wet (rainy) vintage as the Rose is e... Read More

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