Northern Rhône Wine


The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. Here, the Rhone Valley is steep and narrow, and the powerful mistral wind blows through it. The best vineyards are on terraced slopes. Syrah is the most important grape variety, and some of the red wines made from it stand with the best of Bordeaux. The following appellations produce mostly red wines made from Syrah, as well as a small amount of white wine: Cote Rotie (no white), St-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas (no white), and Hermitage. Condrieu and Chateau Grillet both make unique wines from Viognier. Chateau Grillet is a monopole -- an entire appellation that belongs to only one producer. There are also sparkling white wines made in St-Peray from Marsanne and Roussanne.
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Varietals Produced in Northern 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 Rose

    A mutation of Grenache Noir. See Grenache.

  • 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...

Subregions of Northern Rhône

  • Condrieu

    Condrieu (From the French coin de ruisseau meaning "corner of the brook") is a French wine-growin...

  • Cornas

    Cornas is a major appellation in the northern Rhone. Only red Cornas is made. Cornas easily app...

  • Côte-rôtie

      Cote Rotie, or the “roasted slope,” was first noticed by the Romans for its perfect exposu...

  • Hermitage

      The Northern Rhone’s most important appellation, Hermitage is a south-facing slope overloo...

  • Crozes-hermitage

      Crozes-Hermitage is the Northern Rhone’s largest appellation, both in terms of acreage and...

  • St. Joseph

    St-Joseph St-Joseph is an appellation in the Northern Rhone. The red wines for which it is...

Popular Wineries in Northern Rhône View all

  • Domaine Courbis

    Laurent and Dominique COURBIS are running the family domaine the origins of which go back to the ...

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Domaine Georges Vernay

    GEORGES VERNAY created the family business with 1.5 hectares of AOC Condrieu " Coteau du Vernon ...

  • Domaine du Murinais

    GPS coordinates - X : 45.043887 Y : 4.921471

  • André Perret

    Verlieu-Chavanay is a small village 15 km south of Vienne and is the place where André Perret pra...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

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Northern Rhône on Snooth

  • Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage 2013


    Modern in nature without being anywhere near jammy, surprisingly high acidity and very light tannins. Not bad just different. I would buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • Domaine Durand St. Joseph 2009


    Inky purple in color. Strong fruits on the nose. Fruity on the palate with sharp acidity and a notable lack of tannins. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • V V - That Cotes-du-Rhone wine does look tasty to me, and an excellent pairing with the steaks.Yesterday was another day out on the town - Washington DC in this case.  We had tickets to see the musical 'Once', which is basically a lot of Irish music and a story line.  I generally don't appreciate musicals and so I wasn't all that excited about a... Read More

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  • Al, my comment about the wine list pics was pretty stupid.  Keep up the good work with the pics.No, actually, the Ojai SB County Syrah was less than $30.  Snooth has completely warped my sense of "low dollar wines."  Even so, that Ojai is a keeper.That Beringer Alexander Valley CS is a very good one, and for $21 at either Total Wine or Costco de... Read More

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  • EM - That Pinot Noir looks very nice.  I shall look for a bottle out here ... this tasted much more of a Northern Rhone Syrah.  Nose of blueberries, tobacco, spice and vanilla. Smooth rich mouth. Medium length. Very nice stuff.&quo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Michel Poinard Crozes Hermitage 2012


    Nicely fruity with good acidity and a good tannic finish. Fruitier than other French Syrah I have tasted. Nicely balanced. A winner. Improved with some air. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher

  • "When the moon hits your eye/like a big pizza pie/that's ... the best ... the best attributes of the Northern Rhone, particularly Hermitage or Cote-Rotie, with the savory bacon and olive, the rocky minerals and the tannic spine of those great wines?  After some thought, he took out a 2008 DTR Ranch Syrah.  To his credit, this is not the most e... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Amador County 101

  • Domaine Rostaing Cote Rotie la Landonne 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by anchca

  • Alain Graillot Crozes Hermitage la Guiraude 2012


    Dark brambly fruit, spice, green spice and pepper, young. Would like to try again in 3-5 years. Read More

    Wine review by anchca

  • Domaine Rostaing Cote Rotie Blonde 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by anchca

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