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

  • Muscat

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

  • 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"...

  • 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...

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...

  • Vacqueyras

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

  • Clairette de Die

    Clairette de Die AOC is a natural sparkling white wine from the Rhône Valley region in France. It...

  • Coteaux du Tricastin

  • Côtes du Luberon

Popular Wineries in Southern Rhône View all

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Domaine de la Solitude

    The vinyard was first cultivated by the Barbarini family in the 14th century. The Barbarini's by ...

  • Château Mont-Redon

    We have been cultivating the Mont-Redon vineyard for four generations now, with most respect for ...

  • Château Beauchêne

    The Bernard family has lived in Orange since the 17th century. Originally « mesnagers » or tena...

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Chateau Fortia Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Baron 2011

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    Soft elegance, young but savory tannin structure. Smooth finish. Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Tavel Domaine Maby la Forcadiere Rhone 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ] Tavel is an AOC created in 1936 [although wine production in the area goes back many centuries ] for rose wines from the commune of that name on the west bank of the Rhone river just north of Avignon and opposite Chateauneuf-du-Pape. It is the only AOC in France for ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Unang 'La Gardy ' Ventoux 2007

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    I bought three bottles of this wine from the website ... now called, is an AOC in the southern Rhone valley on the lower southern slopes of Mount Ventoux. Chateau Unang is an ancient property owned by a Scottish couple James and Joanne King since 2003.making several cuvees of red, white and rose wines.The 'La Gardy ' cuvee is very much a limite... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Roche-Audran Cotes du Rhone 2005

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/51094 for £14.Domaine Roche-Audran [www.roche-audran.com ]consists of several holdings spread over several appellations totalling 32 hectares.The domaine is a family concern now run by Vincent Rochette and operates on biodynamic principles. This Cotes du Rhone... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Famille Perrin Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010

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    Not bad, just a bit simple and rustic for a southern Rhone villages level red blend. Red cherry, somewhat biting acidity and a short to medium finish. Definitely needs some food to balance out the tartness. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • "Now correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Rhone misses Burgundy, ... (Syrah and Viognier) and the Southern Rhone (blends, mostly)."Technically correct, but the Saone, which gives the 'Cote d'Or' its cotes while it runs through Burgundy is really just one of the major feeder tributaries into the Rhone, connecting up after running through Be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...


  • Richard:I did work in the aerospace industry (as a contractor) but I'm now retired.  For what it's worth, I had not heard of Mauritson wines out here, but that Mirassou 2011 'Sunset Red' Pinot Noir blend at our wine tasting party comes from the same location (Healdsburg, CA). My wife has developed her own spreadsheet to track our wines in the ba... Read More

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  • Darrin Vogler is about to take the "Snarky in a nice way" title from ... (Syrah and Viognier) and the Southern Rhone (blends, mostly).  I think the big rivers in Burgundy are the Saone and the Yonne, while the Loire forms one boundary of the region.  (The Loire--it's everywhere!) Lots of vines and wineries on the Rhone, but my last TGV from Ge... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Big Al has arrived, but...


  • Le Clos du Caillou Châteauneuf-du-Pape Domaine du Caillou les Quartz 2001

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    No written review

    Wine review by SCM42


  • Domaine Guy Mousset Côtes du Rhône Cuvée Réservée 2012

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    I drink a lot of wine and have for 30 years. I don't analyze any of them - just go by smell, taste, feel in my mouth and how satisfying they are. This is a very good Cotes du Rhone and very enjoyable to drink. Read More

    Wine review by FMinParis


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