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

    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...

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

    Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean cli...

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • 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...

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine de Fondreche Ventoux 2016

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    Sweetly floral and sugary fruity aromas of cherry blossom, strawberry and lemon peel. Soft, smooth and rich textured on the palate with watermelon rind, cherry, strawberry fruit and a finish of light spice. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • J. V. Fleury Chateauneuf du Pape 2012

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    The baby fat has gone away in this wine. 14.5% ABV and 85% Grenache. Garnet in color. The nose is light bing cherry with herbal notes. A mix of sweet and red fruits with some light tartness, some resolved tannin and a long garrique laced finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Guigal Cotes Rouge 2010

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    When I drink this wine can i feel my first hangover Read More

    Wine review by jave


  • Al - Most everybody goes to Marlborough but I was in Central Otago during ... ... it's gravelly, stoney southern Rhone soil is a must, some good wines are hitting the States from there also.You are correct on the price point (+/-) for the Tikal Malbec/Syrah blend, same goes for Tikal Patrioka...they are both very good.&nbs Read More

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  • Domaine de Coyeux Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 1992

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    No written review

    Wine review by babyubu1


  • Boutinot Cotes du Rhone-Villages Seguret les Coteaux Schisteux 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Santa Duc Gigondas Aux Lieux Dits 2012

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Kirkland Signature Gigondas 2015

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    Very nice Rhone blend, modernish in style. 85/10/5 I hope they haven't sold out. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Have you been to Burgundy before? Lyon deserves a day or more (far more) for ... trip. It's in the 'southern Rhone' and opening on to other neighboring regions with interesting wines, too, while the 'northern Rhone' (just north of the 'southern' but south of Burgundy) makes better wine, IMHO. Both 'Rhone' areas focus on very different grapes t... Read More

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  • Thanks Paul..Although I haven't experienced it in 10+ years, I do love a Wet Year in Southern Rhone specific to Rousilion  (Red/ White single varietal).-and the CURRENT Provence Rose 2015-16 Vintages /already available and celebrated,Obviously I again like the singles. And it appears to be a very Wet (rainy) vintage as the Rose is extremely ligh... Read More

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