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

  • 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"...

  • Muscat

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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

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

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 ...

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  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • GregT no disrespect but even SQN.com and WIKI.com and Google.com  claim them first as a Rhone Style Wine. 1st  (Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre)Easy: search Google "Rhone Style Sine Qua Non"When it comes to SQN or S Cal.  or Rhone or Australia I tip my HAT to Glaetzer and Penfolds, and Clarendon ..   Barossa and McClaren Vale and Heathcote.  recently... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Well, which Rhone? South Rhone yes. It's rich, plush, fruity. And the whites somehow retain acidity at uber-ripe levels fermenting to over 16%. I don't know how he does that.But the Syrah isn't like Hermitage. It's thicker and sweeter and lacks the pepper, bacon, and acidity. Doesn't mean it's bad - CA has many styles of Syrah and they're all go... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • M. Chapoutier Luberon "La Ciboise" Rouge 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Joe Chen


  • I disagree about SQN.!! -- as it is definately Rhone Style Wine 1st,  however you were correct and I shouldn't have compared to a Glaetzer wine.  SQN is not hermitage; Rhone though.? right?  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Not clear amigo - SQN isn't Rhone-style at all and Ben Glaetzer's wine is kind of different. Lots of people love SQN - I'm not sure I do. It's well-made wine for sure but way over priced. Haven't had one of Glaetzer's for a while.So are you a fan of the Santa Lucia Highlands?And do you buy the wines for that cellar? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Famille Perrin Vinsobres les Cornuds 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • "If I wanted Sine Qua Non style Hermitage Syrah (Rhone) not from Rhone, I would count on my friend Ben Glaetzer of Barossa and McLaren Vale. "  & please understand zero disrespect to Rhone Wines I assure.Writers, Advertisers, Marketing sell wine too.! and loyalists know the difference between marketing and wines deserving the Cult Status and onl... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Dodged a MAJOR Bullet... 2012...


  • Tenet Syrah Columbia Valley the Pundit 2014

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    Had this at lunch at Marcello's Chophouse the other day. The Winemaker's notes are pretty darn accurate to me...'The color is deep purple with ruby highlights. Ripe cherry and plum aromas are complemented by earthy undercurrents of smoky cocoa and cola, and highlighted by traces of citrus blossom and lemon. A very smooth mouth-feel glides into a... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Though I've mentioned Jonata on and off several times this decade, ... ... with both the Bordeaux and Rhone varieties...The Todos is becoming more and more Syrah dominated and certainly is not far behind in terms of quality and is much (well, a little) more approachable on release. In short, you can’t go wrong at this estate and these are bril... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • BL - Our Viking River Cruise down the Rhone last year was a blast, and we tried many wines of Southern France along the way.  I think my favorite was the Burgundy Pinot Noir wines, as they are close to the Oregon Pinot Noir wines we also enjoy. We never visited El Toreo on Fair Oaks Ave in Pasadena, but we were both living in Southern California... Read More

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