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Region Guide: Rhône Valley, France

France


Northern Rhone

Côte-Rôtie AOC | Condrieu AOC | Château-Grillet AOC | Saint-Joseph AOC | Crozes-Hermitage AOC | Hermitage AOC | Cornas AOC | Saint-Péray AOC

Southern Rhone

Côtes du Vivarais AOC | Côtes du Rhône AOC | Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC | Côtes du Rhône Villages (named villages) | Coteaux du Tricastin AOC | Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC | Vacqueyras AOC | Rasteau AOC | Cairanne AOC | Gigondas AOC | Vinsobres AOC | Lirac AOC | Beaumes de Venise AOC | Muscat de Beaumes de Venise AOC | Tavel AOC


The Rhône Valley is one of the great wine making regions of the world and boasts numerous appellations that have become equally famous in their own right.

The Rhône Valley, as the name suggests, is centred around the river of the same name.

Traditionally the Rhône Valley as a wine region is understood by dividing it in two; the northern half is made up of red blends with a majority of Syrah over Grenache, while the hotter, southern half produces wines with higher Grenache content than Syrah. This is of course far too complicated and there is a wealth of interesting things happening, not to mention the growing importance of white wines in the region.