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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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Viognier

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

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

    Patience, know-how, observation, intuition...these are the skills required to make and age our wi...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

    Ferraton Père et Fils is a winery/negociant in the north of the Côtes du Rhône. Their wines are...

  • Château de Valcombe

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Château de Nages

    I come from a long line of winemakers so my degree in Agricultural Engineering naturally destined...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Al - Most everybody goes to Marlborough but I was in Central Otago during ... ... gravelly, stoney southern Rhone soil is a must, some good wines are hitting the States from there also.You are correct on the price point (+/-) for the Tikal Malbec/Syrah blend, same goes for Tikal Patrioka...they are both very good.&nbs Read More

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  • Kirkland Signature Cotes du Rhone Villages 2016

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  • Domaine de Coyeux Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise 1992

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  • Chateau de Campuget Costieres-de-Nimes 1753 2011

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    a "neutral" Rhone wine that neither disgusts nor detracts from what is a pleasant drinkable representation of the blend Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • Boutinot Cotes du Rhone-Villages Seguret les Coteaux Schisteux 2014

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  • Domaine Georges Vernay Côte Rôtie Blonde du Seigneur 2011

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  • Santa Duc Gigondas Aux Lieux Dits 2012

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    Wine review by anstett


  • Duncan - I should probably decant the remaining wine in my Grande Vin ... ... documents that trip down the Rhone river and the extension to Nice. &nbs Read More

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  • These are not exactly bought...I give a bottle to each member of our wine club ... ... Syrah.  He's a Rhone style winemaker and this may be the best $15 Syrah from California.The Quita De La Rosa Douro was already in my cellar and early in it's life it was a stud. Touriga Naccional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca my favorite 3T combo.Lastly- (I ... Read More

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  • Seconding the congrats on a successful trip (as if you wouldn't enjoy that paradise for food and wine appreciation!), and the hope that we'll see some photos and more commentary.  :-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Lyon and thinking... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • 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....

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