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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Château Mont-Redon

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

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

  • Vignerons de Caractere

    The early 21st century has definitely been marked by the information revolution. The world is no...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Marrenon Grand Toque Luberon 2012

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    Tight and focused on the nose with Syrah driven aromas of blue fruit, fine gently meaty spice notes hints of warm red fruit, cracked pepper and baking spice. Lighter bodied in the mouth than the nose suggest, this shows a lovely transparency on the palate with flavors that like the aromas, are driven by the slightly spicy and gamy nature of Syra... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Domaine de la Janasse le Chastelet Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Absolutely fantastic Cotes du Rhone red blend from Domaine Janasse. Perfume on the nose, layers of tangy black and creamy blue berries, sharp and crisp acidity, a touch of black pepper on the back end. This was a steal when we were in Provence at the winery - 9.5 euros! Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Jean-Luc Colombo Côtes du Rhône White les Abeilles 2011

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    Pretty golden color. Faint and pleasant tropical fruit aromas. Quite light-bodied on the palatealmost watery. Not the fruit that the aromas forecasted. A bit of bitterness. As the wine warms up a bit, though, some more fruit flavor emergesapple as much as anything. Also, viscosity seems to change. An OK wine, but not a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Perrin & Fils Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc 2012

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    There's something just a bit off with this white Rhone blend. A touch of mustiness (TCA?) on the mid-palate with muted white stone fruit and medium acidity. Not bad but not good either. Expected better from the Perrin Family, the 2011 was much better. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • DV - You're right about us needing to get out that way.  I should go see my aunt on Vancouver Island sometime next year since her husband passed a few years ago.  She is a very nice person.  Currently we have a nice vacation scheduled in April 2015 to do a Viking cruise down the Rhone, focused on the Burgundy region of France (Portraits of South... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Domaine du Pesquier Gigondas 2000

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... village of that name in the southern Rhone valley. Domaine du Pesquier has been owned by the Boutiere family for four generations and consists of 24 hectares spread across the four appellations of Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Cotes du Rhone and Vin de Pays de Vaucluse. There are 17 hectares in Gig... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Brunet Pinot Noir Vin de Pays d'Oc 2008

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    No written review

    Wine review by gntop1


  • Domaine Maby Lirac la Fermade 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop in Wiltshire [www.yapp.co.uk ].AOC status was granted in 1947 [although wine production here goes back to before the Romans and indeed,in the 16th century the term 'Cotes du Rhone' originated here ] for red, white and rose wines produced in four communes around the village of Lirac on the west ban... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Orpheon Musique des Cepages Domaine Tenon NV

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from the Domaine Tenon stand at the 2014 ... Pascal Combe and is in the southern Rhone region.Unlike some of their other wines this one is not an AOC wine but a mere Vin de Table.It is a blend of syrah,grenache, carignan and mourverde but I do not know in what proportions.I started my bottle last night with ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Clos du Mont-Olivet Cotes du Rhone Varene 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


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