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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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,...

  • 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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Julien Pilon Viognier Millesime Mon Grand-Pere Etait Limonadier 2015

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Phyllis49


  • E Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2013

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    Spicy and concentrated black cherry and blackberry aromas. Soft and earthy in the mouth with a dry dusty palate and a bit of tar - muted fruit notes of cherry and blackberry and a black olive finish that's chewy with textured tannins and a creamy smoke on the tail. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Al, regarding the Tablas whites ability to age, it depends.  The Esprit is their top end Rhone blend and is made to age, some of their single varietal whites are best consumed within a year or two.  Here's a cool link to their vintage chart. Read More

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  • Domaine les Deux Cols Cuvée d'Alizé 2015

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    clear, deep purple; clean, pronounced nose of blackberry, blackcurrant, cherry, mint and cedar; dry, acidic and medium tannins, medium body, red cherries, raspberry, strawberry, mint, stones, shellfish, medium finish; felt that the seafood hints in such a bottle was quite surprising! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • OK, most of you know I love Tablas Creek wines and this wine just reinforces my ... ... Just a phenomenal Paso Rhone white blen Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Les Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2015

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    Alternately earthy and sweetly floral on the nose with black currant and dark cherry fruit. Dry on entry and loaded with tart fruit, this is smoky and tarry and a bit burnt on the edges, with warm dark chocolate and earth towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2014

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    Creamy lemon balm and spicy citrus zest aromas with ripe melon and a touch of peach. This is nicely thick and creamy on the palate, almost oily in texture with floral notes of peach, melon and buttery lemon sorbet towards the lightly oaked finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2015

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    Light watermelon and strawberry aromas. Chunky and soft on the palate with melon notes and a fun fresh spice on the mid palate finishing with a touch of cherry. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Les Galets Blonds Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2007

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    Had this 10 year old wine and was surprised how fresh and lively it was. Beautiful color and on the nose loads of cherry and red berries. On the palate the cherry and berry flavors dominated along with medium tannins. The finish was medium plus. I thought I was drinking a much younger wine. A wonderful wine. Read More

    Wine review by zinfandel1


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