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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Cave de Rasteau

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

    Le Domaine de Chante Cigale is in the family since the XIX° century, where the generations of vin...

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Paul Jaboulet Aine 'Parallele 45' Cotes du Rhone Rouge 1999


    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website du Rhone is a term that has been used to describe red,white and rose wines from the Rhone valley between Vienne and Avignon since the 17th century although viticulture here goes back to before the Romans.AOC status was awarded in 1937. It is an ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Feraud-Brunel Rasteau Cru des Cotes du Rhone 2012


    Cheerful red fruit aromas open on the nose showcasing raspberry, cherry and red currant with a touch of licorice and a splash of cream. Light red fruit on the palate is tight and focussed, with a light candied quality that is pleasant and well controlled acidity filling the midpalate. Flavors of ripe raspberry, cherry and a cedar character mingl... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Grignan-les-Adhemar Cuvee Traditionnelle Cellier des Dauphins 2014


    I bought this bottle of wine for a mere £5 from a wine merchant in Sussex.The Coteaux du Tricastin was an AOC for red,white and rose wines,although 95% of production is red,from the area around Montelimar in the Rhone valley. The AOC was granted in 1973,although viticulture in the region goes back to before the Romans.In 2010 the name of the AO... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Saint Damien Cotes du Rhone la Bouveau 2013


    phenom. slight dryness. Read More

    Wine review by fourthfromleft

  • Mas de Boislauzon Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2008


    Strong and powerful with a strong aftertaste of meat Read More

    Wine review by ckdemarco

  • Cuvee de 3 Messes Basses Blanc Rhone Valley France 2013


    Opened this nice, inexpensive Rhone white for a little apertif prior to heading to my 35 year service award dinner later this evening. Fairly simple with a nice floral nose, a bit fruit forward on the tongue with lemon, a touch of green melon, decent acidity and a medium finish which has a little cooking spice thing on the back of the throat. T... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Pierre Amadieu Gigondas Domaine Grand Romane 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by Liandra160

  • Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone 2012


    Excellent Rhone red blend from the Perrin Family (of Beaucastel fame). Decanted for an hour or so and it still opened up more as the evening went on. On the nose there was lots of perfume at the start which blew off fairly quickly being replaced by notes of blackberry and blueberry. On initial taste the syrah really jumps out with layers of ripe... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Les Closiers Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2010


    This wine was purchased in The Hague to augment the closure of the day spent in Amsterdam. It is about 80% Grenache and exudes the aroma of crushed red currant, cherry whips and Kirsch. A bit untamed on the palate but full of aforesaid red fruit and gentle tannin. Worthy. 89 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape Aoc Grands Classiques 2010


    Nice wine for the price. Read More

    Wine review by PaTay

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