Rhône Wine

 

Located along a section of the Rhone river in southeastern France, this is really two regions.

The northern Rhone is primarily the land of Syrah. The white wines are made from Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Here, the Rhone Valley narrows, forming steep terraces on which the vines grow. Cooled by the harsh mistral wind, this region has a continental climate. The major Syrah appellations are, roughly from north to south, Cote-Rotie, Condrieu (Viognier), Chateau-Grillet (Viognier; monopole), Saint-Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage, Hermitage, and Cornas. Saint-Peray is a bit of an oddball here, producing white sparkling wines from Marsanne and Roussanne.

The southern Rhone has a milder climate that moves seamlessly into the Mediterranean climate of Provence. The red wines are made from Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsaut, and Mourvedre. The major appellations are Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, Lirac, Vacqueyras, Costieres de Nimes, and Tavel. The last of these produces only rose wine. The whites Read more »

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Varietals Produced in 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"...

  • Viognier

    This special and exciting variety has taken California by storm and young plantings already demonstrate that this out...

  • 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...

  • Marsanne

    Avilleran, Champagne Piacentina, Ermitage, Grosse Roussette, Hermitage, Johannisberg, Marsan Belyi, Marsanne Blanche,...

Subregions of Rhône

  • Ardèche

    The Art Farm - The funnest place in the Ardeche. Art, Music, Design, Eco-building, Food, Wine...

  • Northern Rhône

      The northern Rhone is a section of the river of the same name in the southeast of France. ...

  • Costières-de-nîmes

      Costieres de Nimes is the southernmost appellation in the Southern Rhone, just before it t...

  • Côteaux du Lyonnais

    The Coteaux du Lyonnais is an appellation created in 1984,although viticulture in the ares goes...

  • Southern Rhône

      Located along a southeastern section of the Rhone River, this area is home to prestigious ...

Popular Wineries in Rhône View all

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • M. Chapoutier

    The name CHAPOUTIER is present in the Rhône Valley since 1808. In 1879, the distant ancestor Poly...

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Domaine de Nalys

    It´s a way of seeing things, being open to new ideas, never taking anything for granted, not bein...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Bonne Vie Igp Atlantique France 'Melange' 2018

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    A very nicely done blend, pleasant to drink, even tho young, and may mellow with aging. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • I was at Vessel the other afternoon and saw a Bedrock Syrah (North Coast I ... ... of BC syrahs, an Aussie, a Rhone , the Bedrock and a Washington.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic What's your Choice of Wine...


  • J.L. Chave Selection Saint Joseph Offerus 2014

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    This is a very subtle wine, with more elegant and subtle treasures for the nose than usual for such a wine - to wit, beet, pork sausage, blueberry-plum confit and a hint of decayed fall leaf litter. Good acidity on entry with unsweetened chocolate, plum, and cola mid-palate. Finish is medium to long with soft, but diminished tannin. Slightly ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • DV, Lynn and I managed to take a peek at Vessel this afternoon while cruising ... tradition of the northern Rhone (say, Cote-Rotie or St.-Joseph).  The price is high by Canadian standards, but not by American.  Also, there is a great selection of amazing Italian and Washington wines (I did not peruse the whole inventory).  I picked up a 2017 C... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • L'Amarante Cotes du Rhone Rose 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in Oxfordshire [www.peterosbornewine.co.uk].Cotes du Rhone is an appellation set up in 1937.although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red,rose and white wines from the Rhone valley.My bottle is a rose from a co-operative group and consists of a blend of grenache and cinsault though I do not know i... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine la Roquette Chateaunef-du-Pape 2006

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    I bought two bottles ofd this wine for £45 from the www.bidforwine.co.uk ... ... ... area of the southern Rhone valley where it is the most prestigious appellation. Chateauneuf-du-Pape roughly translates as 'the popes new palace' because in the 14th century Pope John XXII built himself a new home now derelict but a tourist attraction,and also... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Famille Perrin Vinsobres les Cornuds 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a shop in Berkshie ... on the eastern side of the Rhone valley in the valley of the Eygues, a tributary of the Rhone.My bottle is from the large and well known concern of Famille Perrin who have a 60 hectare vineyard on a single plot in the appellation and is a 50/50 grenache/syrah blend.I started the b... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cotes du Rhone Domaine de la Berthete 2017

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £9 from the website www.kwoff.co.uk. Cotes du Rhone is an appellation set up in 1937,although viticulture here goes back centuries,for red,rose and white wines from the Rhone valley.My bottle comes from a family concern and consists of 55% grenache,30% syrah,10% carignan and 5% cinsault and was not aged in oak.I ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Interesting. I found a discription of Monica as being rhone like, sounds a bit like grenache. I bet you didn't find that at Total Wine. Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • A fan of strong drink, eh DV (well, maybe not, given your upbringing and ... ... overall - I prefer Bordeaux, Rhone and Loire-style blends whether from the region of origin (in style) or from good locations elsewhere - allure of certain Hispanic and Italic wines notwithstanding.However, when you drink a truly fine PN from Burgundy or (say) Ore... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Hi everyone, I have never tasted a Condrieu or Chateau Grillet. Could anyone kind enough to tell me their impressions of the wine and share their tasting notes with me?Cheers

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  • Mourvedre... any favs avail that you love? I live in California and have tasted and liked the Livermore Valley Mourvedres as well as the Amador/shenandoah valley Mourvedres.. any more suggestions??? I also love Carignane as well....

    Comment by 87843napagirl68 87843 napagirl68


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