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Rhone

France
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Region Description

The Rhone wine region is located in southeastern France. It runs along the Rhone River roughly from Lyon in the north to Avignon in the south. It is divided into two main sub-regions: the Northern Rhone, running from Lyon to Montelimar, and the Southern Rhone, from Montelimar to Avignon. Although wines of all color are made, both regions are most famous for thier red wine. The Northern Rhone is known for its full-bodied red wines made from Syrah grapes with the possible inclusion of some white grapes, while the Southern Rhone is known for its blends of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre grapes. The region has a long history of wine production, dating back to the ancient Romans with the sites of some former Roman vineyards being replanted surrounding the town of Vienne.

Beautiful landscape of Rhone wine region

Grapes & Wine Styles

The Rhône Valley utilizes red grapes like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne are the mainstays for white wines. The Northern Rhône is famous for full-bodied Syrah-based reds like Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie, while Condrieu exemplifies their Viognier whites. In contrast, the Southern Rhône is dominated by red blends of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, with Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas as notable examples. While white wines are also produced in the Southern Rhône, they play a secondary role. These white wines are typically blends that may include Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, and other authorized grapes depending on the specific appellation.

Notable Producers

The Rhône Valley utilizes red grapes like Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre. Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne are the mainstays for white wines. The Northern Rhône is famous for full-bodied Syrah-based reds like Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie, while Condrieu exemplifies their Viognier whites. In contrast, the Southern Rhône is dominated by red blends of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre, with Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas as notable examples. While white wines are also produced in the Southern Rhône, they play a secondary role. These white wines are typically blends that may include Marsanne, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Clairette Blanche, and other authorized grapes depending on the specific appellation.

Fun Fact about Rhone
The Rhône region is home to the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, encompassing numerous villages across the region. Wineries within qualified villages are allowed to add their village name to the Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation, indicating a higher level of quality and specificity compared to the basic Côtes du Rhône designation.

Top Wines from Rhone

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Brotte La Fiole du Pape Père Anselme Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Brotte

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Brotte La Fiole du Pape Père Anselme Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a highly regarded wine from Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône Valley, France. Crafted with expertise and passion, this wine showcases the unique terroir of the region. The vineyard features old vines that produce grapes with concentrated flavors and complexity. The winemaking process involves traditional methods, including hand-harvesting and careful selection of the grapes. The resulting wine is full-bodied and rich, with a harmonious blend of fruit, spice, and earthy notes. It offers a velvety texture and a long, elegant finish. Brotte La Fiole du Pape Père Anselme Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a true expression of the appellation's prestigious reputation.
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La Vieille Ferme Rosé

La Vieille Ferme

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La Vieille Ferme Rosé is a delightful wine produced by the Perrin family, who are renowned for their expertise in winemaking. The wine comes from the Luberon appellation, which is known for its sunny climate and rocky soils. The vineyards are situated on hillsides, which allows for optimal sun exposure and drainage. The winemaking process involves a careful selection of grapes and a gentle pressing to extract the delicate flavors and aromas. The resulting wine is a refreshing and crisp rosé with notes of red berries and citrus. It is perfect for enjoying on a warm summer day or pairing with light dishes.
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Famille Perrin Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Rouge

Famille Perrin

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Famille Perrin Côtes-du-Rhône Réserve Rouge is a premium red wine produced by the renowned Perrin family in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation of France. The vineyards are located on the slopes of the Rhône Valley, where the vines benefit from the warm Mediterranean climate and the stony soils. The wine is made using traditional winemaking techniques, including hand harvesting and careful selection of the grapes. The result is a rich and complex wine with aromas of dark fruit, spices, and herbs. The palate is full-bodied and well-structured, with a long and satisfying finish. This wine is a perfect example of the high-quality wines that can be produced in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation.
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E. Guigal Côtes-du-Rhône Rouge

E. Guigal

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The grape varieties Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre unite in the cuvée of this dark red wine. The vines thrive on varied soil. Limestone, granite, pebbles and alluvial land determine the overall picture. The vines are on average 35 years old. After a careful and selective harvest, the winegrowers ferment the Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge traditionally at a controlled temperature. The wine stays on the skins for a long time and thus gains color and taste. Before being bottled, the Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rouge matures in oak barrels for a year and a half.
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Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes-du-Rhône

Delas

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Delas Saint-Esprit Côtes-du-Rhône is a high-quality red wine produced by Delas Frères, a renowned winery in the Rhône Valley. The wine is made from a blend of Grenache and Syrah grapes grown in the Côtes-du-Rhône appellation, which is known for its exceptional vineyard features such as stony soils and a warm, sunny climate. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, followed by traditional vinification techniques to ensure the wine's rich and complex flavor profile. The resulting wine is a full-bodied and well-structured red with notes of dark fruit, spice, and a hint of pepper. It is a perfect choice for those who appreciate a classic Rhône-style wine with a touch of elegance and finesse.
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