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

  • 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,...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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 ...

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  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

    Ferraton Père et Fils is a winery/negociant in the north of the Côtes du Rhône. Their wines are...

  • 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...

  • M. Chapoutier

    The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Poly...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Janasse Rose Vin de Pays 2013

    Snoothrank:

    Nice, light, refreshing Southern Rhone rose. Notes of fresh strawberry and a bit of bing cherry with light acidity. Very nice summer deck wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Roussanne just might be the ticket for the Lone Star State.  This post is ... of the white wines of the Rhone Valley and points south.  It may need a bit of altitude to counter the humidity and heat, but it seems that those tasting the local product are impressed... that's something. Roussanne is a lovely grape that produces wines of great Epi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Texas Roussanne Tasted Blind...


  • No need to Abandon CA Cabernet Al...you just might try experimenting with some ... ... suggestion for trying Rhone wines is a good one, probably Chateauneuf du Pape for weekend wines....Pegau Reservee is one of the top. I like Vieux Telegraphe "La Crau" quite a bit, and Charvin is also well loved by those in the know. Beaucastel is the most p... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Baron 2011

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    Soft elegance, young but savory tannin structure. Smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Thanks,NG.  Basically, a Rhone/Bordeaux blend with some Chinon and Tuscany thrown in.  If they'd have added some Rioja, I think the "Todos" label would have been even more appropriate.;-)I'm tickled that you enjoyed it, but, just like you, I am disappointed when subsequent vintages don't meet my expectations set from prior bottlings.  On the oth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Tavel Domaine Maby la Forcadiere Rhone 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ... name on the west bank of the Rhone river just north of Avignon and opposite Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is the only AOC in France for rose wines only.Domaine Maby is a family concern, run by Natacha and Richard Maby since 2005 and consists of 60 hectares spread over ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Naudin Tiercin Côtes Du Rhône 2012

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    A Tasting Room selection and offered at Lot 18. Here is another one that I found, unfortunately, very different from this description: 'Deep and dark red, the wine shows aromas of fresh fruits, red berries and spices. Those notes are repeated on the full, round and racy palate, which finishes with rounded, smooth tannins. This is a full-bodied, ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • OT, that's too bad with regard to the flat tire.  I always have an air ... ... the Ridge wine vs. the Rhone wine tonight, I do believe I like the Ridge Lytton Springs 2011 just a bit more.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Ok Gentlemen, today was my twice monthly massage day (2.5 hours long mind you) ... ... Des Sereines' 2012 Rhone.  This paired nicely with a lamb dish and of course lots of French bread.  Afterwards, still feeling buyers remorse from spending so much on wine yesterday, I just had to stop across the street at a little wine shop to see what they... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Chateau Unang 'La Gardy ' Ventoux 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... is an AOC in the southern Rhone valley on the lower southern slopes of Mount Ventoux. Chateau Unang is an ancient property owned by a Scottish couple James and Joanne King since 2003.making several cuvees of red, white and rose wines.The 'La Gardy ' cuvee is very much a limited edition wi... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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