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 ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • 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

  • Chateau Unang Ventoux 2010

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent [www.dickenshousewine.co.uk ] for £12.50. I bought it because I had previously had a bottle of their special 'La Gardy ' cuvee a couple of years ago and was impressed although this is a more basic offering. It is a blend of grenache,syrah and cinsault though I do not know in what proportions.I sta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau de Campuget Syrah '1753' 2013

    Snoothrank:

    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Kent [www.dickenshousewine.co.uk ] ... is on the west side of the Rhone and is regarded as the most southerly of all the Rhone appellations.My bottle came from a small family concern. I started it last night with my supper of roast pork and I did enjoy it.My first impression was how smooth and easy-d... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Herman Story Grenache California On the Road 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • I am currently drinking a Cotes du Rhone Villages Laudun from Chateau Courac. Some intense blackcurrant and licorice style fruit but it went well with supper Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Chateau Courac Laudun Cotes du Rhone Villages 2006

    Snoothrank:

    I bought three bottles of this wine on the website ... is from the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation which was set up in 1953 for red,white and rose wines from 90 communes in the southern Rhone valley.Since 1967 ,18 of the communes including Laudun have been entitled to put the village name on the label. Laudun is located on the banks o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Château Pesquié Quintessence 2009

    Snoothrank:

    The 2009 Quintessence is a fine wine with balanced, structured flavors of sage, eucalyptus and cherry and notes of smoke and spice on the nose. Elegant, smooth and still capable of a few more years in the bottle, this Ventoux is highly recommended - if you can find the vintage. Though somewhat different in style, better value than many Chateau... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Montrouge "Crucem" Crozes-Hermitage 2010

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    dark garnet, spicy peppery nose with a touch of mint, on palate it's savoury yet spicy, with coffee and chocolate notes Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • The Pairing Collection Chicken & Turkey Cotes-du-Rhone 2011

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    I decanted this wine, tried to enjoy this wine and just couldn't! $2 buck chuck is better! Read More

    Wine review by johnnyxbar


  • I got in the mix because I am a civil servant with 20+ years of seniority, so I ... I ... style of Zin or a red Rhone.  I just bought a couple cases of stuff that I don't want to put in CT, so there are lots of choices.  Most of them are dailies but I also feel like I should drink something better with the remainder of the weekend's libations ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Cave de Tain St. Péray 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London [www.nicolas.co.uk ] for ... west bank of the northern Rhone valley made from a blend of the roussanne and marsanne grapes.80% of production is sparkling but my bottle is a still wine and was made by the Cave de Tain co-operative.I started the bottle last night with my fish supper and I did en... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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