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...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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 Ségriès

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine du Monteillet Condrieu 2001

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    This bottle of wine was part of a lot I bought on the website ... of the west bank of the Rhone south of the Cote-Rotie AOC.Four of the communes also form part of the Saint Joseph AOC.The grapes are grown on steep south and south-east facing slopes overlooking the river.The viognier grape is beleived to have originated in this area.Condrieu is ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • If you can include French, you can get your distributor's rep to bring some Cotes du Rhone and some Bordeaux and somewhere in there, you can find something good for under $15, definitely under $20--maybe even a village-level Cotes du Rhone like a Cairanne or Seguret; you can also get some Languedocs and other things, but you need to taste them a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Best wines for under $20


  • Domaine Alary la Font d'Estevenas Cairanne 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex.It is from the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation.This AOC was set up in 1953 for red,white and rose wines and refers to 90 communes in the southern Rhone valley.Since 1967 18 of the communes including Cairanne are allowed to put the name of the village on the label.Cairanne vi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Montirius Vacqueyras Mineral 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau Grenat Vin Doux Naturel 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... Ouveze river in the southern Rhone valley.[For dry red wines, from 1996 Rasteau also became one of the village names that could be added to the Cotes du Rhone villages AOC and in 2010 it became an AOC in its own right]Domaine de Beaurenard is a well established producer from this area.My bottle ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cotes du Rhone Marechal de Valban 2003

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... for £3.99. Cotes du Rhone is a term that has been used to describe red,white and rose wines from the Rhone valley between Vienne and Avignon since the 17th century although viticulture here goes back to before the Romans. AOC status was awarded in 1937.My bottle was made by Louis Bernard, a nego... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos du Mont-Olivet Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2008

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    This 2008 (an average vintage) from the reputable Clos du Mont-Olivet has the ... (2016) with a nice Southern Rhone entry of sage, raspberry, strawberry (for some people) and rubber (not in a bad way). Finish is warm, friendly and perfect for the lamb stews of southern France. Decent stuff that could keep through 2019. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Don't forget that history also applies to farming practices. You grow ... ... ... or what we now call the Rhone. That name became Frenchified to "clairette" which became Anglicized to claret.Remember that the most prized wines for centuries were white wines, not red wines. Red wines were to be consumed pretty much like Bud Lite - it's what yo... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine...


  • Clarets were typically a little lighter than "serious" Bordeaux, and ... was indeed imported from the Rhone as an improver, especially in underripe vintages, although it was not prized on its own in the days of Jefferson. (Note that claret was the wine before blending with darker wines, like Syrah.)  Anthony uses a little Syrah even in the Nap... Read More

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  • Maybe they had wanted to use Meritage (also OK in this instance as a generic ... those days) syrah from the Rhone. Now in English nomenclature and particularly CA (and perhaps Oz and SA, too) use, it tends to mean a Bordeaux blend. Interesting that this term has hung on, even peripherally, while hock and hermitage have died on the vine, as it ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


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