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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • M. Chapoutier "Les Arenes" Primeur Cornas Rouge Vallée du Rhône France 150.00 2006


    Amazing handling of French oak... so present yet so elegant... nectarine, pineaple, apple, tinges of citrus... some malolactic fermentation and lees... which give the very elegant buttery characters... it is a hybrid of old and new world... would suit charcoal grilled scallops with citrus/cream sauce... 91/100 Read More

    Wine review by MarioRobles

  • Perrin & Fils Chateauneuf du Pape les Sinards 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by thisisfranciswu

  • Tardieu-Laurent Costières-de-Nîmes 1999


    Excellent. Great mouth feel. Red fruit with bubble gum wrapped around them. Read More

    Wine review by Bccdny

  • Delas Châteauneuf-du-Pape Haut Pierre 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by benkurko

  • Vallon des Sources Vacqueyras 2006


    Very rich nose - great fruit (strawberries), good bouquet. Mouth was a bit disappointing - structure was very good from front to back, but the fruit was lacking. The tasting notes indicated licorice and a long finish - I picked up a hint of licorice, but the finish was disappointing. Read More

    Wine review by treysmall

  • Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône Merlot Domaine de l'Attilon 2007


    It's got that high toned, cheap wine smell. There's some fruit there and this isn't a bad wine, there's just not much to it. A straightforward non-oaked merlot. Read More

    Wine review by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin

  • Domaine André Brunel Grenache Vin de Pays de Vaucluse 2006


    Some chemical smell at first but a nice background of fresh strawberries. A bit closed on the nose. Alcohol was a bit prevalent and tannins were a bit out of balance. Tasted watered down and overall lacking. Read More

    Wine review by 77280Adam Levin 77280 Adam Levin

  • Ted the Mule Syrah Grenache Côtes du Ventoux 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by jmf

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  • Château la Begude Gigondas 2005


    Pours a very deep purple, extremely heavy and after an initial sweetness on the tongue the savoury herbal quality of the wine takes over along with hints of tar, dark fruits, licquorice and pepper. This is the first Gigondas I have ever tasted so have no comparison to make with others but my initial reaction wasn't too impressed. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

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