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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

    Le Domaine de Chante Cigale is in the family since the XIX° century, where the generations of vin...

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

    The name “Gabriel Meffre” evokes first of all the company’s founder, Monsieur Gabriel Meffre, who...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Reserve Saint Augustin Coteaux du Tricastin 1993

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... around Montelimar in the Rhone valley.The AOC was granted in 1973 although viticulture in the area goes back to before the Romans.In 2010 the name of the AOC was changed to Grignan Les Adhemar as the growers did not want their name to be associated with the local Tricastin nuclea... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Marcoux Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Not bad but not great Cotes du Rhone. Decent amount of blackberry and dark black cherry, fair amount of acidity but the tannins were a bit harsh. This may need some more bottle time. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Gigondas Vielles Vignes Domaine de Boissan 1995

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £8 on the website ... of that name in the southern Rhone valley.Domaine de Boissan is a large and well-established business spread over several southern Rhone appellations including 13 hectares in Gigondas.Their 'Vielles Vignes ' cuvee consists of 80% grenache and 20% syrah and is aged in oak barrels.I started ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau la Nerthe Chateauneuf Chateauneuf du Pape 2006

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    Simply one of the best Chateauneuf du Pape wines available and a beautiful vineyard. Read More

    Wine review by acakeandwine


  • Vignobles Brunier Vieux Telegraphe Red Chateauneuf du Pape 2010

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    Nothing very special, but nothing too bad either, more like something to depend on from a wine list when nothing else seems appropriate for a specific experience...similar to the posted Wine Maker's notes: '...full-bodied; layered with blackberry, cherry, dried plums, and a hint of cocoa...' Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but ... sauvignon blanc, a northern Rhone style whole cluster syrah, and a really fine cab. He also toured us through the Envy winery, where he makes his Apsara wines. Back in the tasting room we finished off with a late harvest sauv blanc.  L and I agree that this, alo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Russian River and Napa...


  • Les Halos de Jupiter Côtes du Rhône 2010

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    The 2010 edition of this wine is not so cheap in Canada (19.50 US), but just as ... ... volumes about Cotes du Rhone Villages (say, Rasteau). This wine has leather, blueberry and a hint of white pepper on the finish which is long. Once again. superb value. 90 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Red 2010

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    E. Guigal is a northern Rhone specialist who, in the process of producing this CdR, adds up to 50% Syrah. The beautiful raspberry, mushroom, black pepper and earth on the nose promises considerable elegance and one is not disappointed; on the palate, this wine exudes finesse and elegance with steely red fruit and celery stalk. Has the structure... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Hello David, here's my two cents worth.  Looking at fairly available ... Cotes Du Rhone Blanc) and red (Belleruche Cotes Du Rhone Rouge) at very reasonable prices and both would go well with Thanksgiving dinner.  Good luck Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth! Suggestions...


  • Ogier Caves des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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