Southern Rhône Wine

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Located along a southeastern section of the Rhone River, this area is home to prestigious appellations such as Chateaneuf du Pape as well as to the quantity-oriented Cotes du Rhone. It enjoys a warm climate that seamlessly becomes Mediterranean toward the south of the region. Most of the wines are blends. The most important red grape variety is Grenache, followed by Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsaut, Carignan, Cuonoise, and a few others. The white wines are made mostly from Marsanne and Roussanne. The most well-known dessert wine from this region is Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. In addition to Chateauneuf du Pape, some of the best appellations include Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Beaumes-de-Venise, Lirac, Costieres de Nimes, Vinsobres, and Tavel; the last of these produces only rose. After this are about 20 villages which are allowed to append their names to the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation. Cotes du Rhone is the most general appellation. Most wines with that designation are simple, inexpensive table Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Southern Rhône View all

  • 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"...

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just Gre...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

Subregions of Southern Rhône

  • Châteauneuf-du-pape

    Chateauneuf du Pape Chateauneuf du Pape is the best-known appellation in the Southern Rhon...

  • Côtes-du-rhône

    ABOUT COTES DU RHONE WINES. LOCATION: The Côtes du Rhône vineyards run along the banks of the Rh...

  • Côtes du Ventoux

    Cotes de Ventoux is an appellation in the southeast of the Southern Rhone. It takes its name fr...

  • Gigondas

      Gigondas is a village and wine appellation in the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains in Fra...

  • Tavel

    Tavel is an appellation in the Southern Rhone that has the distinction of only being permitted ...

  • Vacqueyras

      Vacqueyras is a village in the Southern Rhone that was the second after Gigondas to get it...

Popular Wineries in Southern Rhône View all

  • Domaine Grand Romane

    Since several generations our family is linked to Gigondas. Owner of 7 hectares (17 acres) near t...

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

    The name “Gabriel Meffre” evokes first of all the company’s founder, Monsieur Gabriel Meffre, who...

  • Château de Ségriès

    In 1994, Henri de Lanzac, cousin of Christophe Delorme from Domaine de la Mordorée, purchased the...

  • Château de Valcombe

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

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Looking through my cellartracker past and present, I've found plenty of ... one of these places - the southern Rhone, Paso Robles, Priorat, which makes sense as Grenache is typically a warm climate grape. Now you have me thinking about a new theme for a future tasting event. We just recently we popped a 2006 Clarendon Hills Grenache Old Vines ... Read More

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  • LuckyLucy, let me also welcome you to Snooth!  If you're looking for ... ... I'd suggest an older southern Rhone. Many of the grenache, syrah, mourvedre blends have loads of dark cherry and earth, but may be a bit on the tannic side when young. Châteauneuf-du-Pape (a bit pricey) or Cote rotie may fit the bill.Tonight just seemed like an Oregon... Read More

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  • Tardieu-Laurent Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Vieilles Vignes 2013


    Light and fresh top notes redolent of juicy pear, green apple and toast with hints of more tropical fruits. Gorgeous bright lemon, green apple and chunky mango notes in the mouth, this pops with acidity on entry and keeps up the zestiness through the finish, where touches of cream and butter mellow the finish, which is oaked and very much the ca... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Perrin & Fils Rasteau l'Andeol 2011


    This village wine from the Cotes-du-Rhone is always quite consistent - although a bit thin this time round. Very Grenache - on the lesser side of life with light colour, leafy cherry flavour and little power for a village wine. No comparison with the 2009 and 2010, but good everyday wine for the patio - without coarseness - but lacking in fruit... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Xavier Vignon Cote du Rhone Rouge 2010


    This Xavier Wine I am enjoying tonight was tasted at Marquis Wines Vancouver BC served by the blender of the wine (when he was in the south of France), John Clerides, proprietor. I don't know John well, but he's a clever guy: the eclectic blend of minor grape varieties along with the usual Grenache base is delicious - with a twist; the bright c... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Cellier des Dauphins Cotes du Rhone Prestige 2013


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    Wine review by yarnanimal

  • Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve 2012


    flows very nicely off of the palate yet something seems flat and earthy so this makes it mildly less inviting to think a bout another bottle. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • Cuvee de 3 Messes Basses Blanc Rhone Valley France 2014


    There's a bit of green melon on the nose, on the tongue is some lemon pith, a touch of lime sherbet, decent acidity and a medium finish which has a little cooking spice thing on the back of the throat. The 2014 is a blend of 50% Clairette and 50% Grenache Blanc. Still a great QPR for around $14. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Gabriel Meffre Cotes du Rhone "Saint Vincent" 2014


    The 2014 edition of "Saint Vincent" is delicious - much like the previous 2 editions - and affordable by almost everyone. The elegant, pear, tisane and gooseberry flavours are clean, pure and without edge - surprising at this price point. Though intended for immediate consumption, due to the Roussane component could last 2 more years in bottle... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • M Chapoutier-Bellerouche Rose 2010


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    Wine review by smuratore

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