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...

  • 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

    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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • 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

  • Reserve du Crouzau St Gervais Cotes du Rhone Villages les Vignobles Foncalieu 2011

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Espirit des Trois Pierres Costieres de Nimes Francered Blend 2015

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    A very well done blend that is smooth and sublime crossing the palate in an exquisite manner. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • You're in my wheelhouse right now (Actually $10-$25) and there are tons of ... CdRV's from the southern Rhone,Langudoc, Rousoillon,  Cahors all from France, there are any number of reds from Australia Australia - d'Arenberg, Peter Lehman, Jacob's Creek Reserve Wines et al, tons from Portugal (Very under rated.), Spain has loads of wines - Tres... Read More

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  • Les Clefs d'Or Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

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    This little gem from the 2009 vintage is perfect for drinking now: the nose evokes sweet cherry on a bed of wild herbs and a hint of cake spice, and the entry is cherry with a touch of cola and allspice. Finish is soft and slightly off-dry... perfect balance with mild tannin. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Anselme Châteauneuf-du-Pape la Fiole du Pape 2008

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    Jim and heather Read More

    Wine review by fusslips


  • Ferraton Pere & Fils Samorens Rouge 2014

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    Savory salinity and bright ripe red fruit notes of warm cranberry and strawberry with pleasant spice. This is very expressive in the mouth with tart cranberry and cherry notes, slightly herbal leaf and smoke, with zesty earthy spice on the finish that develops into a smoky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • I do enjoy the French wines, both red and white.  We traveled down the Rhone river on a Viking River Cruise in April of 2015.  Lots of wine flowing on those boats, especially when you share bottles with other guests. Read More

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  • Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2015

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2013

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    Odd wine - intense aromas of red berry fruits, with a slight black berry note and pepper. The palate changes to dominate blackerry and dark cherry tannins, the pepper and spice follow nicely. It fades fast and is disappointing - 88 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Vidal-Fleury Côtes du Rhône 2013

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    Wine review by bobvree


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