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...

  • Muscat

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Domaine de Cabasse

    The name “Cabasse” can be traced back to the appellation casa bassa: the “deep (below the village...

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Auguste Bessac Gigondas 2009

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    The Mediterranean world of Gigondas is evident from the first scent of the wine; the redolence of dried grape, sage and spiny scrub which is deep with warm wind at harvest. This Grenache-dominant wine has good tannic structure (backbone) and Aussie-like (Barossa) depth. Powerful - like a good Gigondas should be. Serve with heavy dishes and BB... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • RP is not the consumer's friend.Although the good people of Bordeaux should ... ... gold. Ditto over in the southern Rhone.Certain CA wineries should each erect similar statu Read More

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  • Esprit Barville Cotes du Rhone 2013

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    Not sure what the blend is on this wine but it's mostly grenache. Fruity with mid range weight, light acidity and light tannins. Not bad wine by any means just very simple. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Le Bossu Chateau du Trignon Sablet Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • J.L. Chave'Mon Couer' Cotes-du-Rhone 2014

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    2nd in the Flight; Interesting aromas of Barbecue and roasted Green Chile. Dry, but soft in the mouth with well balanced Tannins and Acidity. Becomes more nuanced as it sits in the glass, with more herb and earth. Not bad at all $10 a glass, but retail is $21. Very surprising a 2014 so well rounded and enjoyable. Definitely a 'go to' wine out an... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Le Coq Bleu Cotes du Rhone 2014

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    A Tasting Room quarterly selection. Pale Ruby Red medium opacity in the glass. Opens with a bit of baking yeast, then a dusty cherry plum; then cranberry and baking spice.Finishes with a bit vanilla, Most of these carry over to the palate, but more earth, mushroom, and black berries. Medium high Tannins and Acidity that smooth out after sitting ... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chateau Saint Roch Lirac Cru de la Vallee du Rhone 2013

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Alary la Font d'Estevenas Cairanne 2007

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex.It is from ... refers to 90 communes in the southern Rhone valley.Since 1967 18 of the communes including Cairanne are allowed to put the name of the village on the label.Cairanne village has been inhabited for millenia, was fortified in medieval times by the Knights Templar an... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Montirius Vacqueyras Mineral 2009

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine de Beaurenard Rasteau Grenat Vin Doux Naturel 2011

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... 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 AOC and in 2010 it became an AOC in its own right]Domaine de Beaurenard is a well established producer from this area.My ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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