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...

  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • 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...

  • Grenache Blanc

    History of the grape: Grenache Blanc is thought to be a mutation of Grenache Noir, more often referred to as just 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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Domaine Grand Romane

    Since several generations our family is linked to Gigondas. Owner of 7 hectares (17 acres) near t...

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Château Mont-Redon

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

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Southern Rhône on Snooth

  • 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


  • Domaine Grand Nicolet Rasteau Vieilles Vignes 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Clos du Mont Olivet Cotes du Rhone Font de Blanche 2012

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Clos du Caillou le Bouquet des Garrigues Cotes du Rhone 2012

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Domaine Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone Reserve Rouge 2011

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Les Trois Couronnes Cotes du Rhone Rhone Valley 2013

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    Wine review by MrRiesling


  • Chateau de Montfaucon Baron Louis Lirac 2010

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    Lirac - a fine wine in its own right, just across the Rhone from Chateauneuf-de-Pape, is nevertheless a cheap alternative to CdP. This wine, for instance, from the very good 2010 vintage, exudes blueberry in spades and introduces cherry, cola, dark chocolate and (of course) blueberry to the palate - which has great staying power. Its power dim... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Guigal Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2013

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    Guigal's Cotes du Rhones (both reds and whites) have exceeded expectations vintage after vintage (at least back to 2003). They consistently rival any wine at this price point. The 2013 CdR blanc, however breaks the streak. Dilute tart flavors dominate. The saving grace is that it was somewhat better after a few hours. Does not bode well for 20... Read More

    Wine review by ProPell2


  • Here's a whole bunch of testimonials by winemakers about one maker of ... ... of ... lot of wine in the southern Rhone is made in concrete.  And Cayuse in Washington has a French winemaker who ordered his concrete fermenter from France.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wines stored in concrete tanks


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