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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Michel Poinard Crozes Hermitage 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Nicely fruity with good acidity and a good tannic finish. Fruitier than other French Syrah I have tasted. Nicely balanced. A winner. Improved with some air. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • D, I can't usually bring myself to buy a case of anything unless I can ... ... (outside the AOC areas of N. Rhone, and an argument for why France needs to update the AOC system) and it was fine, but nothing special.  Pretty sure it retailed for circa $1 Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • OT - Viognier is one of those grapes that really tends to disappoint more than ... than ... Those from the N. Rhone are the standard for some people but I just think there are so many other white grapes that are better in the end. Blending it is a good idea IMO.I only had the rosato and the Syrah and I wasn't expecting much from the Syrah but... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • I took a break from painting Sandra's closet to go pick up a wine order ... two of the 2012 Tenacity (Rhone style blend).  We'll hang onto these wines for a bit.  The painting project started Sunday when I spent two hours taking everything out.  You know how women collect stuff and boy does she have a lot of clothes and shoes!  On Monday I spe... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Sandra & I are feeling good tonight, because we came home from meeting with ... a nice French GSM from the Rhone Valley.  This 2009 Vacqueyras Chateau Des Hautes Ribes received 90 points on Wine Spectator in 2010.  It's a blend of 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 5% Mourverde and 5% Cinsault.  Upon our first taste, we both said, "This is nice"!  I thin... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Looking forward to it, Claudia.  When in Lodi, don't miss Acquiesce ... Tipton specializes in white Rhone style wines and they are FANTASTIC!!http://www.acquiescevineyards.co Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Journey through Lodi


  • Broke the SIWBM because it's a pre-arrival, so I don't need to store, ... ... or practically any N. Rhone for around $40.  I'm not an enormous fan of Delas Freres, but that's mostly based on their S. Rhones, and I had a nice Cote Rotie from them a few years ago, so I asked for four of these and got three. Here's the hype from JJ Buckley (and,... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Randyfisher, nice to see you.  Funny thing is that some of the vineyards in the Rhone now haul in rock because consumers expect it.  It's not all natural. When I get home, I'll dig out some pix of the vineyards from last years trip to Piemonte.  I might also have some on my phone from last week in Amador County.  Nice start, though.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Love the pics of the old Rhone vines Al. Amazing anything can grow there. Read More

    Forum post in the topic In the Vineyard


  • Domaine Roger Perrin Côtes du Rhône 2007

    Snoothrank:

    very well balanced, perhaps it is the 7 years age that has help this wine develop into a surprisingly flavorful, balanced and great drinking wine Read More

    Wine review by erapaich


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