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

  • 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...

  • 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"...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

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

    The Coteaux du Lyonnais is an appellation created in 1984,although viticulture in the ares goes...

  • Southern Rhône

      Located along a southeastern section of the Rhone River, this area is home to prestigious ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • I panicked!No, we just felt like some red. I misjudged the style a ... Well, ... Well, it was like a southern Rhone white, like a CdP or something.  It was good.  Rich and weighty, lots of pear flavor.  I like the flavor of pear but not the texture of the fruit, so that's good.  Dry, but full and fruity.  Went great with our Chinese noodles wi... Read More

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  • P.S.  The Seattle Urban Wineries are all open on the 2nd Saturday of each ... Nota Bene - Great BDX and Rhone style reds, Laurelhurst - dark and lush reds from Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills and Walla Walla, Charles Smith - Multiple Syrahs from Walla Walla and his Chardonnay project named Sixto.Cheer Read More

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  • Really, really good white Rhone style wine from Tablas. Very well balanced, somewhat rich and layered. On the tongue there's ripe pear, apricot, a hint of spice on the backend (clove, tarragon?), medium acidity and a medium length finish. This held its own with a pot roast dinner. Read More

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  • Domaine Font de Michelle Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, a bit darker than usual but in my view an ideal color. The nose presents aromas of ripe fruit, plum, cherry and dates, overlaid with some wonderful dried floral and spice notes. The taste is a nice rush of sweet fruit up front, a combination of berries and dried fruit that transition to some lovely spice n... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape Galets Roules 2010

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    This Ogier Chateauneuf-du-Pape is wonderful; perhaps the "rolled pebbles" are the answer. In any case, this well-priced wine is redolent of strawberries (yes, somewhat like a deep Burgundy), smooth and food friendly; ready to roll, deep and finishing with the headiness we have come to expect from this region. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Lauribert Fine Fleur Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2008

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    Wine review by Frussak


  • Domaine les Meulières Côtes du Rhône Villages Valréas 2014

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • OT, I'm not saying you should come around.  Where you live, there are ... to make purchasing their N. Rhone competitors mostly superfluous.  When you get to the upper end of Cabernet-based wine, not necessarily at the Harlan/Screagle level, a Carter or Becklyn isn't unreasonable compared to a classed growth from Bordeaux.  And a Smith Madrone,... Read More

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  • Grillet does age, JD. At least it used to--haven't had any for a few years ... much cleaner throughout the Rhone nowadays compared to the Read More

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  • MY FIRST VISIT TO BERN'S STEAKHOUSE - Tampa (4/8/2017)Like any true ... true ... first choice in a Rhone was for a Cornas but they didn't have one with age that fit into my budget so the Somm picked this one. Never had this wine with age so the contrast to my previous tastes was interesting. This poured like a Pinot Noir colorwise. Light pale... Read More

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