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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine de Nalys

    It´s a way of seeing things, being open to new ideas, never taking anything for granted, not bein...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • The Educated Guess didn't last long since we opened it up for a small glass ... time a 2010 Paradise Ridge Rhone-style blend that was quite good with the stew.  I lucked out marrying a good coo Read More

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  • E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose 2015

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    Candied watermelon and strawberry aromas with hints of cherry on the nose. This is juicy and chunky in the mouth with mostly red fruit character of cherry and strawberry and hints of baking spice. There's a zip of good acidity as well towards the refreshing approachable finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone Belleruche 2013

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    Well balanced but lacked the complexity I look for in a good CdR. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Bonpas Costieres de Nimes 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Cave de Rasteau Ortas Rasteau 'Tradition' 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Actually, pretty much zero since the end of February.  I am trying to wind ... collection of Bordeaux and Rhone wines, so expect to see a few reviews from time to time reflecting this objective.  Most "new" purchases for me and mine are restricted to high-end BC wines (mostly Blue Mountain) plus a few white Bordeaux, and Cote d'Or.I may, howeve... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Had Foxall and family over last night. Heard E-Mark hosted as well, so please ... most definitely a hard core Rhone experience, not for beginners. Served blind to some guests, there was a guess of St. Joseph, which I thought was pretty apt. In the end, I was happy with the quality here, and I've always been excited by this bottle's rarity, esp... Read More

    Forum post in the topic D&R and Mourvedre from Cassis...


  • Delas Freres Crozes-Hermitage les Launes 2012

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    Wow was the first thing that came to my mind and than i continued to say "wow". not too light, not too heavy, gliding across the palate with silky ease. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • NG, I am so glad you enjoyed the Tablas Blanc!  The CFO and I are big fans ... and of their white (and red) Rhone wines, matter of fact we just received our club shipment last week which included a 2011 Esprit De Tablas Blanc, we'll wait for a proper time to open that on Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Here are some links to the wineries websites.  And a bit of ... Super Tuscan and Southern Rhone styles.  Their Albarino is what first caught my attention since there is not a whole lot of this grape grown in Washington.Cor makes mostly single varietal red wines with a couple of whites thrown in for good measure.Maryhill is a pretty well establi... Read More

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