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

  • Grenache Blanc

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

  • Grenache

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

  • 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...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

    For generations my family has been both wine growers and blacksmiths. My father Théophile Boisson...

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • 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...

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine Raspail Coteaux du Tricastin 1986

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/110957 for £6.50. The Coteaux du Tricastin was an appellation for red,white and rose wines,although 95% of production are reds,from 21 communes to the south of the town of Montelimar on the east bank of the Rhone river.The appellation was granted in 1973 althou... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Saint Gayan Rasteau 2013

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk] ... of the Ouveze river in the southern Rhone valley.For dry red wines,from 1996 Rasteau also became one of the village names that could be added to the Cotes du Rhone Villages appellation and in 2010 it became an appellation in its own right.My bottle is such a dry ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Pierre Henri Morel Côtes du Rhone Villages Laudun Blanc 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine de Ferrand Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2011

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    Layers of nuanced red and dark fruits, cherry and plum with a little dusty earth thrown. Gentle tannins and well balanced acidity allow the elegance of this grenache driven wine to shine. 92 points - drink or hold - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Somehow looks like a combo between Southern Rhone and Bordeaux and Northern Italian. Also, then, should ask where's the petit verdot and the cab franc, or the mourvedre and syrah?  Perhaps they could acknowledge their more recent California del Norte wine culture heritage and throw in some Zin as well. One wonders why they avoided Spanish (other... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux 2014

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    Light and effusive at the start this grows with a little time in the glass. Plenty of cherry and red plum with a touch of spice, anise and moderate tannins pair with good acidity and a relatively short but lively aftertaste. Drink now - 89 points - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • That reserve labeling is abused world wide - France included - The Famille ... ... ... Perrin Reserve in the southern Rhone is actually their entry level CdR wine and costs about $10.The word used to mean something and as GREG stated it's marketing.  Some producers do honor the word, but most don' Read More

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  • RBA -  "Holy shit, it's raining hard here in Springfield VA ... ... however, as well as the southern Rhon Read More

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  • I panicked!No, we just felt like some red. I misjudged the style a ... Well, it was like a southern Rhone white, like a CdP or something.  It was good.  Rich and weighty, lots of pear flavor.  I like the flavor of pear but not the texture of the fruit, so that's good.  Dry, but full and fruity.  Went great with our Chinese noodles with vegetari... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Domaine Font de Michelle Cuvée Etienne Gonnet Châteauneuf-du-Pape Blanc 2005

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    The wine is a deep ruby in the glass, a bit darker than usual but in my view an ideal color. The nose presents aromas of ripe fruit, plum, cherry and dates, overlaid with some wonderful dried floral and spice notes. The taste is a nice rush of sweet fruit up front, a combination of berries and dried fruit that transition to some lovely spice n... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


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