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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Aline Bonfils Gigondas 2004


    A gigondas unlike any other. This wine is big and rich and makes other Gigondas shake in there boots. Read More

    Wine review by livewine

  • Auguste Pierre & Olivier Clape Cornas Domaine Clape 1999


    One of my favourite Cornas and the best vintage I tasted from Clape ones: rich, mineral,kind of under forest notes, slight smoky on the palate. Structure, complexity, not tough as some other Cornas can be. A great example of this small but very qualitative area. Read More

    Wine review by Loozmi

  • Chat-En-Oeuf Côtes du Ventoux 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by FKisses

  • Domaine Roger Perrin White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Prestige 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by NVine

  • Gigondas-Domaine des Pasquiers Frankrijk Grenache Noir Syrah Rhône NV


    This is a rich Cote Du Rhone Villages, more promising on the nose than on the palate. Very aromatic and Tannic, the 2004 we had had its butt kicked by the Calabrese salami and Sicilian olives. It is slightly flat on the palate and should benefit from bottle aging, as there are definitely some tannins. Not a long finish. Read More

    Wine review by Inlitero

  • Hermitage Cuvee de Loree Blanc Chapoutier 2005


    Awesome, superlative white wine. Tasted only once last year, but I still remember its honey, kumquat, floral flavours, on a very precise mineral structure. Marsanne at its best, with a veeeeeery persistent finish. Read More

    Wine review by Loozmi

  • Château de Beaucastel Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1996


    Very good now, spicy wine, mushrooms notes, a good opportunity to taste a chateauneuf at its peak in a pretty recent vintage (2005 will need twice as much time i guess) Read More

    Wine review by Loozmi

  • Domaine des Entrefaux Tardy Crozes-Hermitage 2005


    A lovely Crozes Hermitage, really fruity, to be drank at 15-16C° to take the best from its freshness.Smart choice with terrines, cured ham and other dried pork meats: isn't it nice when Spring knocks up?"Les Pends" cuvée is more complex and rich, delicious wine i would rate 4,5 and drink with meridional cuisine to benefit from the leather, peppe... Read More

    Wine review by Loozmi

  • Château Beauvoisin Costières de Nîmes 2005


    Did not think much of this at all. It has a strange earthy taste, hardly any fruit to it at all except red apple which in itself was rather unusual but the quality is very flat, no buzz, no sharpness, no real colour to it, its all a bit of a let down. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape la Crau the Old & Rare Wine Company 2000


    A deep, dark red color. Not a wine for the timid as aromas of Spice cookies, toast, bacon fat and black pepper burst from the glass. The fruit on the nose is almost an afterthought and shows as a mix of currant and dried plum. Medium bodied on the palate with raspberry fruit, cedar and spicy clove. The finish is long and lingering with a bit... Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido

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