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.
– Description from juliabutareva

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Varietals Produced in Northern Rhône View all

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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

  • Cave de Saint-Désirat

    The Saint Desirat cellar is located in the Saint Joseph AOC on the terraces that run along the ri...

  • Domaine Georges Vernay

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

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • André Perret

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

  • Domaine du Murinais

    GPS coordinates - X : 45.043887 Y : 4.921471

  • M. Chapoutier

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

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Northern Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine des Remizieres Hermitage 1996


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website is one of the most prestigious appellations in the Rhone valley having once been favoured by Louis XIV and the Russian tsars.It takes its name from a chapel or hermitage built in 1224 by a crusader knight called Caspar de Sterimberg on a hill above t... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Achalk:  Until Snooth changed my handle (so I could get a byline), it was Foxall and everyone just called me Fox.  Just so you are up on the nomenclature. Hardly anyone besides my wife and my parents uses my first name, so it sounds odd on here. I hope we have many exchanges, and that will save you typing a few letters on the keyboard.I did look... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Roussanne The Next...

  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Crozes-Hermitage Domaine de Thalabert 2006


    Dásamlegt......... Read More

    Wine review by Vindomar

  • Yves Cuilleron Syrah Rose "Sybel" 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by ceitruadh

  • M. Chapoutier Syrah Crozes-Hermitage les Meysonniers 2009


    For a Crozes-Hermitage, this wine is hitting above weight and just full of sweet cherry and tobacco leaf on the nose; on entry, there is some black pepper, more cherry (even cranberry) and smooth, balanced tannin - though lightish compared to nearby Côte-Rôtie. The finish is medium length, but very satisfying. Excellent wine at a good price. 8... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Back at ya, Kim.Thank you for the excellent list.  The good news is that I live in a large metropolitan area.  So, it is possible that I might be able to find some of the labels that you have suggested. As it turns out, you caught me in a mistatement.  (I'm old.  I forget.)  I have had another South African wine, and it was a Pinotage from Neil ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Guigal E. Crozes-Hermitage 2009


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    Wine review by aniruddhag75

  • During Vinexpo 2013 last month – the world’s largest wine fair held ... another top producer in the northern Rhone, Chapoutier, and was totally impressed by just how steep and narrow they are. What hard work goes into taking care of these vineyards, I thought. Time to return and soon... In any case, over dinner at La Lagune, I enjoyed perhaps m... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Perfection in bottle? Paul...

  • Been hankering for some Syrah myself, so we had a rose of syrah last night.  (And a Rouet rose, and a Mathis grenache, and a bottle of Zin and some single malt.  Whew!)We drove over Spring Mtn on Memorial Day weekend and passed Four Cairn.  I've been skeptical of Napa Syrah, although I had some from Truchard down in Carneros that was special.  J... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Here's one for fans of...

  • Well done, yet another CA Syrah to pit on the watch list. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Here's one for fans of...

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