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,...

  • Muscat

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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

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  • 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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  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • 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 du Père Caboche

    For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Théophile Boisson...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • I have just finished a bottle of northern Rhone, a 2003 Saint-Joseph 'Offerus ' by  J L Chave which I thought was lovely Read More

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  • Domaine Jean-Louis Chave St. Joseph Offerus 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine as part of a lot from the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone opposite Tain/Hermitage on the east about 40 miles south of Lyon. The red wines are made from the syrah grape [although since 1979 up to 10% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne have been allowed in a blend] Saint-Joseph is not considered as p... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I probably would've chosen this image instead. ... the Guigal Cotes du Rhone of the avocado world. It's good, and fatty and grows all year around on lower, plump, easy-to-harvest trees. The Nabal above is like a 1989 Beaucastel or better yet an '89 Chaves Hermitage. The best tasting avocado I've ever encountered. Note the size using the scale o... Read More

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  • Same price for the Tikves Vranec at KLWines. The description there likens it to ... something from the southern Rhone.I've had Vranac in Montenegro, but not the Macedonian version (spelled with an 'e'). Had several different styles, many bold (name means 'black stallion' after all), some quieter, usually lots of berry fruit and sweeter tannins ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Crozes-Hermitage Jean Astier 1983

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... ] on the east bank of the Rhone,although wine production in the area goes back to before the Romans.It is much larger though less prestigious than the Hermitage AOC. 90% of production is red wine made from the syrah grape although up to 15% of the white grapes marsanne and roussanne may ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Guigal Hermitage 2001

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    Probably corked. Very little fruit, was smooth with nice acidity and strong tannins on the finish. Really disappointed. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Ogier Tavel Etamines 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Pierre Henri Morel Tavel 2012

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    Purchased at Total Wines in Fort Worth. Had a sip. I would have liked to have had a glass. Mostly consumed at Anne's baby shower by others in attendance. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Tortoise Creek le Charmel Costieres de Nimes 2011

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    A bit peppery on the nose and while oddly jammy this comes off as slightly under-ripe aromatically with aromas of leather and herb laying over the spicy currant base notes. Smooth and soft in the mouth, this really floats across the palate with that same slightly under-ripe quality found on the nose. I happen to like this more savory side of Syr... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine du Pere Caboche Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Fresh and slightly creamy on the nose with lovely aromas of blueberry and raspberry candy framed by hints of hay, paprika and ink along with a light stewed tomato note. Soft and easy on the palate, this shows off that slight stewy tomato note early on the palate but the savory aspects, along with dried floral tones and herbal notes, help to fram... Read More

    Wine review by 89065Gregory Dal Piaz 89065 Gregory Dal Piaz


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