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

  • Viognier

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

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Syrah

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

  • Marsanne

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

  • 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 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

  • Cave de Rasteau

    Rasteau covers an area of 1880 hectares with 1240 devoted to the vine. It has a Mediterranean cli...

  • Ferraton Père & Fils

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

  • M. Chapoutier

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

  • Domaine Chante Cigale

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

  • Domaine du Père Caboche

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Yep. Already contacted Moon Curser - they make Tempranillo. We'll check out ... grape varieties - Cab Franc, Rhone grapes, etc.Any thoughts?If we make it north we will go to Laughing Stock for sure. Osoyoos Larose doesn't have a tasting opportunity. I'll still try to get through via some trade connection if I can.I figure we can taste through 9... Read More

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  • Grapillon d'Or 1806 Merlot Caladoc Vin de Pays de Vaucluse Igp 2016

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Vignobles Jerome Quiot Chateauneuf-du-Pape Blanc Lieu-Dit les Combes d'Arnevel 2015

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    Considerable lime, white table grape and gooseberry on the nose with a slight golden hue in the glass. Entry is smooth and balanced - with acidic gooseberry elements, citrus (lime) and quince (or perhaps apple-pear). This is fine white wine with elegance - one you could drink all afternoon on the patio for a great price. 90. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Franck Decrenisse Coteaux du Lyonnais les Vieilles Vignes 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from a shop on the Isle of Wight [www.winetherapy.co.uk] The Coteaux du Lyonnaise is an appellation created in 1984,although there has been viticulture here for centuries,for red,rose and white wines made of the gamay and chardonnay grape from 49 communes between the City of Lyon and the foothills of the Mass... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rose 2016

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    The Lafond Roc-Epine 2016 is just what one expects of a Tavel; namely, a much deeper colour reminiscent of cranberry juice (perhaps a bit lighter), with a prominent scent of sour strawberry and roses. Entry is quite powerful for a rose; there is a stem-like almond bitterness on the finish with more unripe strawberry. Very rich. For a Tavel at th... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Gaillard Pierre Seyssuel Asiaticus 2006

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Domaine de Ferrand Cotes du Rhone Vieilles Vignes Cuvee Antique 2013

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    Wine review by gntop1


  • Hey DV!I did go to Taste WA and thought of you while I was there. All the ... both standouts for Southern Rhone and Syrah. Long Shadows Pedestal (Merlot) was stellar. Col Solare was pouring a 2001 red blend. They always bring an older vintage to taste, which is cool.Andrew Will and Cadence both had excellent vineyard designate BDX style blends... Read More

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  • Interesting thread and posts.  I have less than 100 (around 75 now), but ... ... Bordeaux, Burgundy or Rhone... with a few world and North American wines sitting on their sides as well.  I feel that I can buy what I want (lucky me) from people who know how to care for older wines - should I want to do so.  Therefore, when the downsizing comes... Read More

    Forum post in the topic When Is Enough


  • Zuf - Don't know that I agree with that.  The QPR value on Spanish, Southern Rhone, Portugal table wines, Chilean and some Italian are far and away better than Cali entry level wines.  Being from there, albeit temporarily, I learned a hard truth - land values really drive the price.  Old family vineyards, think Buehler, can still make real good ... Read More

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  • 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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