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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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 ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cellier des Princes

    The vineyards of the Cellier des Princes, which is the only co-operative on the Châteauneuf du Pa...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • I would take up the challenge, but it is so easy to poke holes in a simple ... ... Bordeaux's or in your Rhone wines perforce makes them good for food, they're European after all...B-)But compare a weak plonkish pinot blanc to a Loire sauvignon blanc and one competes with food while the other disappears.IMH Read More

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  • Typical JC Debeaune. The aromatic intensity was quite nice though with some ... I'm gonna skip over to Rhone and look for some affordable options.All in all, I feel like I've obtained a decent knowledge (Palate knowledge) of Beaujolais. I wasn't able to get my hands on every cru, but I've had enough to be satisfied. I generally understand the ... Read More

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  • EM - those Cymbidiums look great growing 'in the wild' as it were. ... ... ... the 2013 La Ciboise Rhone blend shown below.  It was about $42 a bottle and worth the price.  When our friends arrived, we shared the bottle of white wine and then they ordered a red, the 2012 Cline Mourvedre - a good pairing to the gentlemen's Australian lamb and ... Read More

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  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013

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    Guigal's Cotes du Rhones (both reds and whites) have exceeded expectations vintage after vintage (at least back to 2003). They consistently rival any wine at this price point. The 2013 CdR blanc, however breaks the streak. Dilute tart flavors dominate. The saving grace is that it was somewhat better after a few hours. Does not bode well for 20... Read More

    Wine review by ProPell2


  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... ... having 18.When we look at Rhone cru wines, you will see that more than one of them is only allowed to grow one varietal. For example, Condrieu and Chateau Grillet may only grow Viognier. Saint Peray may only grow Marsanne and Roussanne.Outside of Rhone, you have others... Read More

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  • Yann Chave Crozes Hermitage 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Here's a whole bunch of testimonials by winemakers about one maker of ... ... lot of wine in the southern Rhone is made in concrete.  And Cayuse in Washington has a French winemaker who ordered his concrete fermenter from France.&nbs Read More

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  • Thanks for the Pinot info JD & GT.  I might just try a few more ... ... Viking River Cruise down the Rhone starting in mid-April, only a few months away - that will give me an opportunity to get the inside scoop on the French wines as we are supposed to have a wine tasting in Beaune. &nbs Read More

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  • Michel Gassier Syrah les Piliers 2012

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    Wine review by orangegroves


  • That flatter(closeder)-at-first phenomenon is something common across most ... ... ... bottle--whether from the Rhone or Burgundy or Bordeaux or anywhere else--taste it within a few minutes, talk about how basically boring it is and then gravitate towards the CA wines and assign the French to their TN scrapheap. And why I don't tend to lend mu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Did I mention that Northern... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


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