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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Saint-Cosme Côtes du Rhône les Deux Albion 2005

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    This is a very well-made Rhone with a complex nose of dark fruit, blackberry, wood, spice, and pepper. Many of the aromas from the nose can be picked out on the palate as well. I really liked the structure of this wine. Medium-body with very firm, mouth-drying tannins. Good length on the finish. I think that this wine presents a good value ... Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony


  • Domaine Raspail-Ay Red Rhone Blend Gigondas 2005

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    This was very spicy! I was surprised by this - seemed to be more than the advertised 20% Syrah, it was so spicy! It softened with some time in the decanter. Like most Gigondas, this wine is nice and complex with soft Grenachey-tannins. Red fruit, and SPICE. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1


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

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    It's a big wine, elegant, enough fruits to carry the American Oak (?), white pepper, you almost need cutlery to get through the wine... 92/100 Read More

    Wine review by MarioRobles


  • E. Guigal Red Rhone Blend Gigondas 2005

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    Bought this bottle after a tasting of red and white half bottles. On the nose I was hit with strong berry/cherry notes, and a hint of light vanilla and oddly enough, tar. In the mouth it tasted bright and young, which makes sense as I was told it would age well over the next 3-4 years. Overall a very drinkable wine on its own, and the half-bottl... Read More

    Wine review by Shiv245


  • We as consumers tend to get caught up in trends whether we like it or not. The ... ... such as Piedmont and the Rhone.There are of course people toiling away in anonymity, producing wines that may make my heart swoon, but at the same time easily passed over in big comparative tastings. And there must be brave importers out there discovering th... Read More

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  • Château Pesquié Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Ventoux Terrasses 2006

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    Just a great, everyday wine. Wonderful value. Lots of ripe fruit. Definite crowd pleaser. Inexpensive enough to serve at a get-together. Read More

    Wine review by amanda1


  • Domaine Michel Poinard Crozes-Hermitage 2005

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    Hot damn! I was not expecting this wine to be this good. It was so complex! Red berry, floral, and licorice on the nose. Was more light-bodied than I'd expected. Very balanced with a nice long finish. Have a few more bottles of this in the cellar, and I'm thankful. Might even pick up a few more if I can. Read More

    Wine review by cookypuss1


  • Monpertuis Vdp Counoise 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by PatriciaRussell


  • Bosquet des Papes Chante le Merle Vieilles Vignes Chateauneuf-du 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by slightlystartled


  • St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2007

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    Dark berries with wood and a little dust. Medium body with firm tannins that ... still a well made Cotes du Rhon Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony


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