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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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 Beauchêne

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • 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...

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • La Chasse du Pape Côtes du Rhône Winemaker's Selection 2007


    Crushed strawberries on the nose, palate has darker fruit flavors, a bit of tannin, good structure, and a medium acidity. Very easy drinking. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • J. Vidal-Fleury Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Villages 2007


    Bright ripe cherry aromas. Classic flavors, fresh, clean and bright. Easy drinking, refreshing. I enjoyed this wine from nose to finish -- it's just a clean, well produced wine that would be great for every day drinking. Nice warm finish. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Paul Jaboulet Aîné Côtes du Rhône Rosé Parallele 45 2007


    Bright ripe cranberry flavors. A pleasantly acidic, refreshing wine with a bit of tannin holding up the wine a bit but they aren't overpowering. Should have with food. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Picard Cote du Rhone 2006


    Medium dark red fruit aromas carry through to the palate which is well balanced, has a hint of oak and medicine on the finish. A classic, easy drinking everyday wine. Good acidity. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Ermitage le Méal Michel Chapoutier 2007


    Light red fruit aromas, predominantly cranberry. Palate is quite bright. The finish falls apart slightly but the flavors are pleasant. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Layer Cake Cotes du Rhone Syrah France 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by Taraanne

  • Domaine la Colliete Rasteau 2007


    A deep brooding colour, herby but closed/young nose overlays a wonderful rich, full, intense, tannin licked palate.Some wonderful fruit flavours but tooo young and unmelded, tannins too forceful. potential great. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • One of the advantages of setting up a vertical w/ lesser chateau is that it is ... bringing a Burgundy (white Rhone & white Bordeaux were obvious guesses by default). Second, this is one of the final vintages made under the Ferret family label, as this estate was bought out by Domaine Jadot in 07. The nose of subtle brioche, lanolin, honeysuck... Read More

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  • Clos du Mont Olivet Châteauneuf-du-Pape la Cuvée du Papet 1989


    Black olive, pepper and licorice nose. Clean slightly medicinal flavors -- good acidity, deep dark fruits -- a very good wine. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • Hello all. I am a young 26 year old banker that is really starting to get into ... now I'm really into Cotes de Rhone and similar French reds. Last summer I got to vacation on Tuscany for a week, so I'm obviously partial to Chiantis as well. Even though I'm an American right now my preferences lean me towards the European reds (for now at leas... Read More

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