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"...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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...

  • 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...

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Château de Nages

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

  • Château Beauchêne

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • La Vieille Ferme Rose 2017


    4th of July 2020 refresher in 90 degree heat. Would easily repeat this inexpensive value. Read More

    Wine review by raindance

  • Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone 2017


    Though often compared to its big brother - the Chateauneuf-du-Pape Beaucastel, ... wine is very, very Cotes-du-Rhone. The nose is rich cherry, vanilla and evokes gentle garden flowers like violets. There is also wet earth and the bacteria-laden ferment one associates with it. Entry is soft, quite round, with cherry, cola and vanilla filling... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Both look interesting, VV.  How was the 14 year old Napa, in ... Robles ... Robles is undoubtedly very Rhone-Ranger (or Provencal) and would likely appeal to me even without sampling.Cheer Read More

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  •  I recently had to have a fair amount of miscellaneous dental work done - ... - ... over-priced Northern Rhone Hermitage and Beaune from North Burgundy.  Just don't have the room or the capacity for it all, I am afraid. Read More

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  • Les Vignerons D'Estezargues Les 40emes Rugissants Cotes du Rhone Villages Signargues 2017


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Chateau de la Selve Saint Regis Viognier Coteaux de l'Ardeche 2018


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Sounds great Jack.  I love Rhone wines.  I don't have any that age.  Last older one I had was a 2010 Domaine Philippe & Vincent Jaboulet Hermitage .   Read More

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  • Z, I saw your postings on Big Al's site and most all of those Barberas ... ... their strengths with Cab and Rhone varietals.  When we first went there it seemed to me that they were almost entirely focused on making big, bold zins, alot has changed over the years, to the better IMHO.I used to post a bunch of my reviews here on Snooth but haven... Read More

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  • VV, you seem quite partial to certain Paso Robles producers.  I think the ... the ... wines (for example, Rhone blends and Syrah varietals).  However, today I tried a very good Barbera d'Alba (you missed the virtual tasting, and warned us about that).  This was by Vietti and for me, it is something a bit, if not completely different.  You can... Read More

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  • Cotes du Rhone Villages les Garrigues Janasse 91 2012


    Purchased this '12 while we were in Provence in 2014 so it's been stored properly. Just the slightest of bricking on the edges. The nose gives plenty of ripe black cherry and just the slightest hint of menthol. More black cherry on the palate layered with cigar box, bitter chocolate all wrapped up with a good bit of acid and fine grained tannin... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • 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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