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

  • Muscat

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

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

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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  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine du Vieux Chêne Côtes du Rhône Villages Plan de Dieu 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Boutinot Fide et Arte les Six Cairanne Cotes du Rhone Villages 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Congrats to Mike. He'll get a lot of buzz.Emark - you said "would bet ... Napa and Bordeaux and the Rhone so his scores are going to make the wines more pricey, if anything. And they'll certainly help Mike's career. He did goo Read More

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  • We have a party for friends and neighbors every year, expecting about 30 for ... pouring a couple of nice red Rhone blends from Adelaida. For bubbles I'm chilling a couple mags of Roederer and some Laurent-Perrier. For whites there will be some Bouchaine chardonnay and a few Domaine Lafage Côte Est. Reds with consist of a couple bottles of Ca'... Read More

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  • Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Rasteau 2005


    Christmas day 2015 paired with a Standing Rib Roast. Thank you to my brother ... piece of beef. This Cotes Du Rhone, had an awful nose to me (however, nobody else complained), but enough muscle to stand up to the main course, with a nice dry lingering finis Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • RBA, let me get this straight, your cookie party hosts confiscate the high end ... moment enjoying a fantastic Rhone blend by Adelaida We're loving it but of course it may not be your thing. We've been to Denner, to me their wines are a bit on the heavy side with loads of ripe fruit, oak and loads of tannins that need a significant amount of s... Read More

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  • We tipped when the tasting room person went out of their way or did more than ... ... of that area.  The Rhones (including Marsanne, Roussanne Syrah, and Viognier), were also my standouts on my past visits, and I was not impressed with the Pinot for the most part.  Many of the single varietal Viogniers were too big and flabby, IMO.  But when ... Read More

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  • I like the picture Mark...a good wine I'm sure.Trying to age my Halcons, ... find myself going with many Rhone's latel Read More

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  • Gigondas Domaine du Grapillon Dor 2008


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    Wine review by Dave Mooty

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