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,...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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 ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

    Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean cli...

  • 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...

  • Château de Nages

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine du Monteillet Condrieu les Grandes Chaillees 2011

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    There are a lot of wines I love. Very few I have actually dreamed about. This wine is one of those.On the nose, its honey and fruit, but with a hint of a mineral edge.You expect it to be pure honey on the palate but its not. This wine surprises you like that.Its like those summer days, when its burning hot and all your memories melt into a plea... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Domaine Christophe Pichon Côte-Rôtie la Comtesse En Côte Blonde 2010

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    This wine is like a winter vacation.On the nose, its the scene of pine needles mixed with freshly fallen snow the smell of stepping out in the morning, skis in hand, ready for a day on the slopes. You can smell the bite of cold, crisp mountain air.On the palate, the wine is smooth and sleek, like the skis swishing across the snow as you race do... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • Domaine Christophe Pichon Saint-Joseph White 2007

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    A subtle, vaguely floral scent. On the palate, this wine leaps at you, strong, at the back of the tongue... before slowly drifting forwards. Like a child who bursts into a dinner party, desperately excited and screaming at the top of his lungs. Then realizes everyone's staring at him, all a little angry he's interrupting their party. The boy ... Read More

    Wine review by Shoshi Cooper


  • We enjoyed another beautiful day in southern France.  Today we sailed from ... ... Lyon to Vienne along the Rhone River, going through several locks.  We bought this Bordeaux wine at a nice market in Lyon prior to departure and shared it with friends.  They shared their Burgundy wine with us.  Ours was easily the more tasty win Read More

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  • Well, a wonderful evening is over and it's time to turn in.  These ... ... is the view of the Rhone tonigh Read More

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  • We are having a great time cruising down the Saone River in France; this ... ... will then proceed down the Rhone River.  Perfect weather out here too.We bought two bottles of wine in Burgundy after a wine tasting in Beaune.  Last night they served this Bordeaux wine with the meal - I had several glasse Read More

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  • Great thank you for your help.  To update, the Coles du Rhone has residue at the bottom of the bottle so I didn't think that was a good sign to start with, then when I opened it, it smelled good but tasted terrible.  So that one's out - I don't drink Riesling anyway, its too sweet for my taste and its 20 years old so that doesn't seem like somet... Read More

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  • Domaine les Grands Bois Cuvee Marc 2011

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    Smooth, light, a bit of a tannic finish Read More

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  • Hi Gina,I wouldn't expect much from these wines.  They're pretty ... I thought maybe the Cote du Rhone might be okay, but it too might be past it's prime as I don't think it had a lot to offer on release.  Basically, I'd have a nice dinner and open all of them.  Have some back ups just in case these aren't standing up to the meal! Good lu Read More

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  • My friend had some wines in a cement cellar up in Lake Tahoe.  She is not ... ... 20023)  Cotes du Rhone  J.Vidal.Fleury 20064) Wente   Grey Riesling  19 Read More

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