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

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

  • 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"...

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 du Père Caboche

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

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine de Cabasse

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine Mas du Bouquet Vacqueyras 2010

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    Very nice Read More

    Wine review by mark


  • Domaine de Durban Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 2005

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/64493.Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise is an AOC created in 1945 for sweet white wines made from the muscat grapes [noir and blanc ] from around the village of that name about 15 miles east of the town of Orange on the southerly facing slopes of a limestone hill ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • La Vieille Ferme Rose 2013

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    Wine review by mark


  • Paul Jaboulet Aine Vacqueyras les Cypres 2006

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a wine merchant in Sussex. Vacqueyras is a southern Rhone appellation created in 1990 for wines produced around the village of that name about 10 miles east of the town of Orange on the banks of the river Ouveze,a tributary of the Rhone. Before 1990 it was one of the Cotes du Rhone Villages.Most producti... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Blue Rock Winery Baby Blue 2012

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    Best Baby Blue I've had so far. nice balance with the Bordeaux varietals from Sonoma minue the petite Verdot.....with just a splash of Syrah! Great wine for around $25 or less....That should be drank relatively early! Cheers! Read More

    Wine review by Stallion


  • Sartori di Verona Amarone Della Valpolicella 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by xfer


  • AOakA, Gigondas tends to be big, bold and high alc due to the warm climate of the Southern Rhone. Grenache also likesb to roll with the strawberry notes and bricking edges are common as it oxidizes fairly quickly compared to  other grapes. It's OK to be "generic" with pepper because that's what this grape gives you. Thanks for that OT. I love Sn... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Gigondas Font Sane 2011

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    Plum, dried fruit, raspberry/cherry liquor. Grenadine. Fairly bold and well balanced. Mild spice. Espresso? A tad sour on the finish but a pleasant wine over-all. I would buy it again. Read More

    Wine review by A Oak A


  • Chateauneuf-du-Pape les Vignobles Elie Jeune 1993

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    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... Avignon/Orange area of the southern Rhone valley where it is the most prestigious appellation.Chateauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates as 'the Pope's new palace ' because in the 14th century Pope John 22nd built himself a new home [now derelict but a tourist attraction ] and also took a g... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • First off I would like to thank the Academy...Al #1, I never understand what ... to the warm climate of the Southern Rhone. Grenache also likesb to roll with the strawberry notes and bricking edges are common as it oxidizes fairly quickly compared to  other grapes. It's OK to be "generic" with pepper because that's what this grape gives you. P... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight? by 324443outthere 324443 outthere


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