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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • 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

  • Cellier des Princes

    The vineyards of the Cellier des Princes, which is the only co-operative on the Châteauneuf du Pa...

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • So you're not a pink sludge fan?  ;-(I'm curious that nobody's ... but my question stands.Paso Rhone attempts are not anything I've had success with, other than maybe the Perrin family operation, but then again I'm far away right now and not tasting in anything approaching real time. Bombastic fruit, horrendous alcohol counts, very flabby balan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • So I'm curious, OT. Wasn't under the impression you like blueberry ... ... not putdowns.What was the Rhone white the night before? Was it a CA 'Rhone blend' or actually from the Rhone?I really don't like overly hot, alcoholic wines, at all, and when I encounter them I tend to drop my ranking of their winemakers immediately, and unless there ar... Read More

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  • The night before was a Paso Robes white rhone blend. Just awful.Tonight I took the wine for what it was, a $16 supermarket wine, and paired accordingly. The blueberry creamsicle was not a good thing but after some air the acid came forward, the fruit brightened up a bit and the chalk mellowed. Still had sweet oak bit for the price I'm just happy... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • Popped the Klinker Brick Old Vine 2011 LodiFruit forward, you betcha. Nose is ... last nights, alleged, 13.9 Rhone White.Safeway price - $15. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Zinfandel for a Beginner

  • Cotes du Rhone 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by amyjk4173

  • DV - You're right about us needing to get out that way.  I should go ... do a Viking cruise down the Rhone, focused on the Burgundy region of France (Portraits of Southern France).  http://www.vikingrivercruises.com/cruise-destinations/europe/portraits-southern-france/2015-chalon-avignon/index.ht Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • Glad to see that hock (riesling) hasn't shot through the roof in the manner ... ... and Burgundy and even Rhone prices in recent years. The following are excellent bottles of wine, and even HDH (which last decade was a source of hard-to-find bottles at reasonable prices, but this decade is using rocket-fuel rather than wine to fuel its price r... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?

  • Domaine du Pesquier Gigondas 2000


    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... of that name in the southern Rhone valley. Domaine du Pesquier has been owned by the Boutiere family for four generations and consists of 24 hectares spread across the four appellations of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cotes du Rhone and Vin de Pays de Vaucluse. There are 17 hectares in Gigondas sp... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Cave de Tain Crozes-Hermitage Red 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Domaine Pierre Gonon Saint Joseph Blanc "Les Oliviers" 2011


    Much more golden colored in the glass than I would have normally expected. Something of an apply nose with, maybe, a touch of yeast. Some of that apple flavor at the front of the tongue, but that diminishes. Some earthiness or mineral flavors seem to then emerge. Then some pleasant acid tartness. The wine seems to have an unusual mouth feel... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

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