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...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Cuvee de Pena Vin de Pays 2005


    Nice wine that reminds me of a Cotes du Rhone. Dark fruit with blackberry alongside some earthy tones. Fine, firm tannins. Medium body. Good quality to price ratio. Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • Guigal Châteauneuf-du-Pape Nicked Labels 2000


    Great wine, now soft and approachable. Still got some legs. Read More

    Wine review by djh99

  • Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône les Deux Albion 2006


    Good year for the southern Rhone. Great producer. Excellent wine. Very typical for Gigondas. Read More

    Wine review by djh99

  • Dom Paul Autard Cdp 2005


    I'm a big Autard fan. Opened the first bottle of a case recently, and wow! Huge wine, smooth (despite it's youth) multi layered, spicy. Not sure I'd call in new world style. Read More

    Wine review by djh99

  • Thought I'd finally get around to introducing myself, Lord knows I've been ... ... ... and we grow Bordeaux and Rhone varietals down here, as well as some Tempranillo for good measure. We also buy our grapes for our biggest white wine production, our Pinot Gris, from local vineyards. I'm planning on going back to school in the not too distan... Read More

    Forum post in the topic My Introduction

  • Ogier Reserve des Argentiers Chateauneuf du Pape France Rhone 2005


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    Wine review by Strumerika

  • Cuvee de Pena Vin de Pays 2005


    This unoaked red from Vin de Pays is a mix of 57% Grenache, 38% Carignan, and 5% Syrah. Ruby red color. Medium bodied with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of berry and spice with tastes of red berries, spice, dust, and the peppery characteristic of syrah. This wine is simple but very pleasurable to drink. Great deal for the price. Read More

    Wine review by 94930tabednar 94930 tabednar

  • Barton & Guestier Red Bordeaux Blend St. Émilion NV


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    Wine review by Headmint

  • Château Beauchene Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rouge 2005


    What a great Chateuaneuf. Velvety smooth and well balanced. Red and black fruit, floral notes, and a hint of smoke on the nose. Red cherry, blackberry, and stawberry, along with some mocha, spice, earth, and oak. Nicely layered. Everything is in harmony Read More

    Wine review by Alexr79

  • Would love some feedback from anyone who has tasted this wine. Good? Bad? How long would you age? Any place online I could find out some more info - I've searched everywhere I can think of and can't find anything....Thanks for any help! Read More

    Forum post in the topic Looking for anyone who has...

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