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,...

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • 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...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Spinning this discussion out from another thread.To start with, here is a ... (syrah) from the Rhone was dumped into CS barrels in Bordeaux in past centuries than ever got bottled and shipped overseas from eastern France. The Brits built the French wine industry, since Bordeaux, Aquitaine and surrounding areas were long part of its King's demes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • A lot more 'hermitage' (syrah) from the Rhone was dumped into CS barrels in Bordeaux in past centuries than ever got bottled and shipped overseas from eastern France. The Brits built the French wine industry, since Bordeaux, Aquitaine and surrounding areas were long part of its King's demesne and thus English merchants' bailiwicks. Send those ba... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Claret, other historical wine... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Syrah Viognier 2011

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    Raspberry flavors and black cherry, dry finish. Interesting sipping wine. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Les Halos de Jupiter Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    The 2012 Halos of Jupiter, reflecting a more usual (ordinary) vintage is ... ... finish. A find in Cotes du Rhone for the money. 88 point Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Montirius Vacqueyras le Village 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Red, it's context:  Pinot is supposed to deliver a certain kind of ... ... revisit.  Cotes du Rhone, Muscadet, lots of Italian whites can be under $15 and be good.  I had a Pinot Blanc from Alsace last night (Schlumberger if you want to look for it) that was straightforward but really good (with broccoli and tofu curry) and it was $15.  So th... Read More

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  • Tardieu-Laurent Cotes du Rhone Blanc Guy Louis 2013

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    Delightful tropical aromas of banana and pineapple up front with some citrus lurking as well, mostly lemon and lemon candy. Nicely tart in the mouth, round and full with an oily texture, this is thick and coats the tongue with notes of melon, lemon and butter, finishing with a healthy butter cookie and meringue finish.92 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Great story, JD!VV, here's how it usually works, as people who have been ... ... lower end Zin, Cotes du Rhone, etcetera.  If I'm planning on something nice, I might bring it into the house and put it in the tower, but it keeps cooler in the basement, even when it was a passive, quarter of the house, barely standing room area.  That held prob... Read More

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  • Domaine du Joncier l'O de Joncier 2012

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    Berry notes with a smooth finish and light body. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • Domaine Raspail-Ay Red Rhone Blend Gigondas 2010

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    This review is for the 2012 vintage. It's a really nice smooth and balanced blend with fruit notes and a subtle finish. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


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