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,...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Caves de la Reine Blanche 2006

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    Wine review by AlexanderKiok


  • Paul Joboulet Aene Hermitage "Domaine de Thalabert" 2005

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    Good aromatic intensity marries good, hot rock, granitic dust elements with cool fruit and a touch of toast. This is made in a clean, brisk style with good intensity to the red berry/strawbeery fruits. High acid and a little loose on the mid-palate though the finish is clean and fresh with a bit of emerging herbal complexity. 2009-2011 Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Gonnet Frères Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005

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    Smooth and easy with notes of prune, blackberry and licquorice with the latter lasting longest. Dark and gritty yet not too heavy at all. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley


  • Montirius Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône 2005

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    A nice everyday wine. Nice upfront fruit without being a fruit bomb. Read More

    Wine review by gudwine4me


  • Moillard Côtes du Rhône les Violettes 2001

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    Wine review by appelman21


  • Perrin & Fils Gigondas 2005

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    Dark Ruby color, Very expressive aromas of pepper, raspberry, smoke and cured meats. Angular with noticable tannin. Red fruit a bit of bitter coffee. Finish is medium long and drying. This is good but some time would allow the flavors to catch up to the amazing nose on this wine. Read More

    Wine review by Eric Guido


  • Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 2003

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    I feel like this wine loves me, and for good reason! No, not really. A perfectly balanced montage of every flavor that I love, a little gamey, vanilla, blackberry, mint, oak, swiss cheese, rosemary, meaty lamb. Many thanks to Gregory for sharing this one. Read More

    Wine review by Chris Carpita


  • Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 2003

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    Big nose with lots of copper and iron. Fruity, spicy, and complex with a long elegant finish. Really great subtle aged flavor that reminds me of a grand old chateauneuf du pape with its gaminess. Hot damn I'm giving this a 5 - I can't think of any way to improve this. Read More

    Wine review by solomania9


  • Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 2003

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    Very ripe rich dried dark fruit flavors. Palate is slightly hot but it's gratifying. Very complex flavors, some chocolate and tree bark. Rustic. Thick and refreshing and coats the mouth quite well. Finish is slightly medicinal, long and leaves me wanting more. Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Delas Frères Hermitage Marquise de la Tourette 2003

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    Really nice nose of white pepper, figs, Christmas spice and berries. Nicely aged, with some pleasant mustiness, figs and smooth tannins. Nice long finish on soft eastern spices. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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