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...

  • Marsanne

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

  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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Rhône on Snooth

  • Domaine la Roquette Chateaunef-du-Pape 2006


    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


    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


    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

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  • 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

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  • Domaine les Hauts de Mercurol Crozes-Hermitage 2017


    I bought this bottle of winefrom a shop in Berkshire ... on the east bank of the Rhone river.It is much larger though less prestigious than the Hermitage appellation which has a terroir more suited to viticulture.90% of Crozes-Hermitage is red but my bottle is a white made of 100% marsanne grape from a small plot at Domaine Les Hauts de Mercuro... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Francois de Tournon Saint-Joseph Delas 2008


    I bought this bottle of wine for £12 from the website ... on the west bank of the Rhone river opposite Tain/Hermitage on the east bank.The wines were originally called Saint Joseph by Jesuit monks in the 17th century.My bottle comes from the Delas concern,was made from a blend of grapes from several vineyards,is 100% syrah and spent a year in o... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • OK, DV - and those of you in this echo-chamber (hey! - I get to hear the beauty ... from Burgundy and Northern Rhone, bien sûr); rather it is the only taste in which we can properly compare other wines as worthy or no.  Maybe a good claret will makes its appearance when we visit the Island as planned just prior to moving. Read More

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

  • Domaine du Colombier Cuvee Gaby Crozes-Hermitage 2012


    I bought this bottle of wine from the wewbsite www.cellartrade for ... on the east bank of the Rhone.It is much larger though less prestigious than the Hermitage appellation which has a terroir more suited to viticulture.My bottle comes from Domaine du Colombier and is named 'cuvee gaby' in honour of the present owner's grandfather.I started it... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Maison des Jardins Pays d'Oc Igp France Merlot 2018


    Very rarely do I like a Merlot, and usually because of a bottle that arrives without my consent. This wine was an example, again! of why I am not a fan of Merlot. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • 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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