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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • 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

  • Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone 2015

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Domaine les Pallieres Gigondas 2006

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £13.50 from the website ... village of that name in the southern Rhone valley.My bottle of red Gigondas comes from a well known and ancient estate and consists of 80% grenache with the rest being syrah,mourverde and cinsault.The vines averaged at 60 years old and the wine was aged in oak barrels.2006 was the las... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Chateau Pesquie Terrasses Ventoux 2014

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    Wine review by bobvree


  • Mont Redon Chateauneuf du Pape 2009

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    A little rust at the edges. Needed 24 hours of decanting to open up. At seven years the fruit has diminished and was a solid wine with prime rib on Christmas day. Read More

    Wine review by 1073394RandyFisher 1073394 RandyFisher


  • Saint Cosme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2015

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    Floral lemon and sunflower seed notes with candied citrus peel and a touch of melon. Fleshy and warm on the palate, this has good lemon fruit flavors and a creamy nuttiness towards the mid palate that adds another dimension of almond and macadamia nuts, finishing with more citrus blossom and a squeeze of peach preserves. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Greg's opinions shouldn't really count in this context since he's a ... in a garnacha sop for him (southern Rhone or Priorat). I've had some Priorat garnachas that almost taste like burgundies, anyway.Greg, what was your F-i-L playing?BLM, do you smoke any of your sausage?Great photo, DV. He was famous for spending way too many hours and days a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What would you be drinking...


  • What herbs/spices in the sausage? What sides?With his first recording would be ... Willamette PNs. Maybe even a southern Rhone or a Priorat. The list could go on, but need more dat Read More

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  • Chateauneuf du Pape Armand Dartois 1991

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    I bought this bottle of wine from 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 great inter... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Terres de Galets Chateauneuf du Pape

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    I had been struggling with mediocre wines till this bottle. upon first sip I just said, "ahhhhh" what a great wine. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • La Vieille Ferme Ventoux Red 2015

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    Wine review by chriscage


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