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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • M. Chapoutier Côtes du Rhône Villages Rasteau 2000


    Berries and spice greet the nose, Jammy with an herbal backdrop but lots of wood spice up front. Tight, hot and short. Closed tiight! 2013-2024 80pts for now, who knows in the future Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage la Chapelle 1989


    Gentle at first with building intensity to the graphite, herbal and cedar tones on the nose. The slightly candied raspberry tones stay lurking but are obvious. Very structured in the mouth with good balance but very youthful tannins and strong acidity. Tight and somewhat unyielding though the fruit does pop on the long finish.88 for now but 94 p... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Bernard Burgaud Côte-Rôtie 1998


    This is a brett BOMB! Metallic and filled with bandaids it's a horror to smell but the palate retains some freshness in a very feral register. The fruit , raw material of the wine was good. too bad 73pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Jamet Côte-Rôtie 1998


    A bit of wet dog greats the nose but the core of juniper and olive tinged black fruits is deep and broad. Delicious in the mouth with a bright freshness and excellent depth. The balance is impeccable with very fine tannins lurking just beneath the skin of taut fruit. Long and with a powerful finish that builds on the richness of the mid-palate. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 1990


    A great nose with real freshness to the shoe polish, leather, olive and roast meat tones. Big and fleshy in the mouth though a bit obvious and clumsy at the same time. Lovely in a rowdy sort of way. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Auguste Clape Cornas 1988


    This has a great bottle aged quality to the nose with a subtle sweetness adding depth to the funghi, bean starch and leather notes. Gains classic olive and woodsmoke notes which add some interest in the mouth with it's relaxed character and good length. Just a touch too loose for me, a good but not great bottle. 88pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Noël Verset Syrah Cornas 1997


    A classic horsey nose with feral notes, shoe leather, iron and coal over deep , dark olive tinged fruit. Sweet on entry with juicy black fruit that is dark but monolithic. Good length and balance, this could stand some more time in the cellar as the palate has yet to catch up with the expressive aromatics. Still this is very fine. 90pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Innocent VI Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2003


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    Wine review by TommyG188

  • E. Guigal White Rhone Blend Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2004


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    Wine review by Marcost

  • Domaine le Clos des Cazaux Vacqueyras Cuvée des Templiers 2003


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    Wine review by Kanner

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