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...

  • 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...

  • 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

    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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • 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...

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2015

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    100% Syrah. Old world in style but showed some ripe fruit on the nose as well as the palate. Nice acidity with soft tannins and some pepper on the finish. Really nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Reserve 2013

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    rich dark fruits on nose, savoury and structured Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Roger Sabon Chateauneuf-du-Pape Cuvee Prestige 2012

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    rich dark fruits on nose, savoury and structured Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2015

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    light; herbs and grassy nose; hints of honey and citrus Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone 2014

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    Drank pop and pour. Classic grenache on the nose and fairly translucent in the glass. Medium weight and red fruited in the mouth with some acidity. Finishes with some pretty strong green tannins. Classic in style. We'll see what day two brings.Second day the wine fruit has settled a bit and the acidity has come forward. The green tannins remain.... Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Reserve du Crouzau St Gervais Cotes du Rhone Villages les Vignobles Foncalieu 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • You're in my wheelhouse right now (Actually $10-$25) and there are tons of ... CdR and CdRV's from the southern Rhone,Langudoc, Rousoillon,  Cahors all from France, there are any number of reds from Australia Australia - d'Arenberg, Peter Lehman, Jacob's Creek Reserve Wines et al, tons from Portugal (Very under rated.), Spain has loads of wine... Read More

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  • Les Clefs d'Or Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

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    This little gem from the 2009 vintage is perfect for drinking now: the nose evokes sweet cherry on a bed of wild herbs and a hint of cake spice, and the entry is cherry with a touch of cola and allspice. Finish is soft and slightly off-dry... perfect balance with mild tannin. 89. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Anselme Châteauneuf-du-Pape la Fiole du Pape 2008

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    Jim and heather Read More

    Wine review by fusslips


  • Ferraton Pere & Fils Samorens Rouge 2014

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    Savory salinity and bright ripe red fruit notes of warm cranberry and strawberry with pleasant spice. This is very expressive in the mouth with tart cranberry and cherry notes, slightly herbal leaf and smoke, with zesty earthy spice on the finish that develops into a smoky finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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