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

  • Marsanne

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

  • Muscat

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Gabriel Meffre

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

  • Cellier des Princes

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

  • 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...

  • Château de Ségriès

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

  • Clos de l'Oratoire des Papes

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

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Cellier des Gorges de l'Ardeche Marselan 2016

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £8 from the website www.vinatis.co.uk. It is ... from the Ardeche area in the Rhone valley and made by a co-operative group.It is a Vin de Pays designation or IGP as that is now called and is a single varietal wine. It is made from marselan,a cross between cabernet sauvignon and grenache created in the 1960's.I... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • I need some direction!It seems that grocery store is what it is...fresh and ... about higher tier Spanish, Rhone, etc.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Poor handling and storage...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic The Face to Face Club - a...


  • 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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    No written review

    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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  • 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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