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,...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Rx,I was going to say, headaches are like allergies.  Very difficult to ... certain ones, but typically Rhone I'm fine.  AS for your sister, I wouldn't share any wine with her!  Read More

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  • Tardieu-Laurent Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2009

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    Bearing in mind my mental state (opening a corked wine by a competitor from Rasteau), this wine still meets the boundaries of excellence...beautiful nose of cherry cake that brings on memories of childhood with Grandmother plus the rich cherry liqueur and spice (pepper) on entry plus again the smooth almond bitter finish and we have a winner. 9... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Wow, a '10 Pets that's already open? Good to hear.Probably because the ... these are planted to various Rhone (PS, Syrah and Viognier), Spanish (Albarino and Tempranillo) and Italian (Barbera and Trebbianon) grape varieties.  In addition to these "Estate Grown" grapes, it appears that vint other varieties (e.g., PG, Primitivo and Zinfandel) fr... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Cote Rotie Lucette and Martin Daubree Domaine Corps de Loup 2000

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone river about 20 miles south of Lyon.The name roughly translates as 'roasted slope ' because the vines are grown on sunny south facing terraced slopes overlooking the river.The wines are made from the syrah grape although up to 10% of the white grape viognier ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine la Grand Ribe Côtes du Rhône Villages 2009

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    This organic wine opens up nicely after about an hour, and is a real value. Read More

    Wine review by CageyT


  • Sandra and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last night in Washington ... Ribeye steak - 2011 Cotes-du-Rhone for Sandra and a 2010 Medoc for Allen.  The bottles of wine were very expensive here so we opted for glasses of wine as you can see.  Dessert was on the house for our anniversary - all three of those were placed on our table. Ov... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Okay, back to what we've been buying lately:  Bought two bottles of ... of ... Hard to find good N. Rhone (oh, yeah it got over 90 from everybody who we scoff at or pay attention to) at that price.  I've got the 09 and 10 and might try to convince our SoCal friends to go to WineX and pick up the 11 for me...  At the same time, I bought the '1... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Mark - barrels are a whole subject unto themselves. The go-to guy for info ... or "Rhone" bottle, you have the same thing with barrels. Burgundian barrels area a little bigger and fatter. They hold 228 liters, or a bit over 60 gallons.Does that size make a difference? I'll bet you a bottle of Pinot Noir that it doesn't if you were to blind tast... Read More

    Forum post in the topic All about Oak


  • Andrew Murray Syrah Tous les Jours Santa Ynez Valley 2013

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    The 2013 vintage is slightly more acidic that the previous vintage which means better balance. Bring on the steak. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2012

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    Great everyday wine, affordable, and pairs easily with hearty meats. Read More

    Wine review by mayyoke79


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