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...

  • 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...

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 du Père Caboche

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • 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

  • Domaine Paul Autard Red Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône 2004


    Wine had high tannins, not super fruity with nice overtones of gravel and grit.Wine Spectator A good beam of black currant and raspberry, with tobacco, tar and graphite notes on the racy finish. Slightly firm and toasty now, but has solid concentration. Should open up nicely in the near term. Best from 2007 through 2016. Score: 90. James Moles... Read More

    Wine review by crashproof

  • Domaine de Nalys Grenache Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2005


    cherries, strawberries, very food friendly. very pinot-like as well. Read More

    Wine review by aronowm2

  • Roger Sabon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 1999


    No written review

    Wine review by Halo21

  • Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal 1997


    Opens with a reticent core of meaty fruit and just a touch of wood then adding a bit of tobacco and hot rocks, becomes very fine and perfumed. Very pretty currant fruit in the mouth, seems particularly elegant coming after the previous wines and offers up a clarity and transparency those wines lacked. Zesty and clear as a bell with wild berry to... Read More

    Wine review by gdp

  • Chapoutier Ermitage le Meal 1997


    No written review

    Wine review by gdp

  • E. Guigalchâteau de E. Guigal Château de Pape 1999


    Very restrained nose but the intense floral character of the viognier comes through the otherwise tight smoky nose the grows in the glass revealing fairly intense notes of sassafrass and quinine by the end of the night.. Offers lots of blackberry fruit in the mouth with notes of wood spice and hard red candy offering some contrast but the wine r... Read More

    Wine review by gdp

  • E Guial Cote Rotie Chateau Dampuis 2001


    Sweet fruit and vanilla domoinate the nose, simple in the mouth with good intensity though turns tough and disjointed finishing very short. Obviously too young but the wine does rally at times revealling good balance and depth but still a bit monolithic. Should improve. 87pts Read More

    Wine review by gdp

  • François Villard Viognier Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes les Contours de Deponcins 2006


    This wine is special. It has some great aspects already however given more time I think it may improve. Its best suited to an experienced wine drinker since I find the thrid tier flavors and finish really interesting. There are probably less expensive alternatives for newer wine drinkers. I enjoyed the depth of the wine... it really held me capt... Read More

    Wine review by dennip1

  • Domaine Pierre Usseglio Côtes du Rhône 2004


    I found this bottle a little hot with alcohol, and while the layers and texture were fascinating, the alcohol dominated the taste and undermined the structure. Read More

    Wine review by winncity

  • Domaine Comte de Lauze Red Rhone Blend Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2000


    excellent wine...very smooth, earthy, velvety, complex wine... Read More

    Wine review by mexahorn

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