The Rhône Valley vineyards are among the oldest and most important in France. On its lands crossed by the waters of the Rhône, there are large expanses of vines which have been patiently developed by winegrowers for centuries.
The vineyards cover more than 70 000 ha in a geographical area that stretches from Vienne, in the north, to Avignon, encompassing around 1317 towns in 6 departments.
This vast region is home to terroirs with very varied appearances and characteristics which have given rise to a wide range of wines.
The wines of the Rhône Valley include red wines as well as white or even sweet wines, along with some quality sparkling wines.
Yet more than 80% of the production is red wines. Long associated with light counter-top wines with little tannin, Rhône wines have, for several decades, made considerable progress in terms of their quality.
The Rhône Valley now contains many real gems which have helped ensure the international renown of this wine region. Crus such as Côte-Rôtie or Châteauneuf-du-Pape are among the prestigious wines sought after by many wine lovers.
The Rhône Valley includes two regional appellations. The Côtes du Rhône appellation applies to 171 communes, mostly located in the southern region and producing red, white or rosé wines of various qualities.
The more qualitative Côtes-du-Rhône-Villages appellation includes 16 villages. There are also a large number of communal appellations in the Rhône Valley highlighting the specific features of certain terroirs or wines of exceptional quality.
The world renown of certain Rhône wines is based on a few communal appellations where characterful terroirs combined with great mastery of winemaking give rise to exceptional wines.
In the north of the Rhône Valley, the Côte-Rôtie appellation produces an aromatic red wine with remarkable finesse.
The Condrieu, Croze-Hermitage and Hermitage crus are also among the best appellations in the Rhône for red wine. Several vintages also produce a high-quality white wine, such as Cru Condrieu and Château-Grillet.
The most famous appellation in the south of the Rhône is undoubtedly Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which produces a prestigious red wine that can achieve exceptional quality. The Gigondas appellation, which produces particularly elegant red wines, is also a safe bet.
The southern part of the Rhône’s vineyards includes several appellations whose wines reflect the typicality of its sun-drenched terroirs. There are, for example, the Costières de Nîmes as well as the Coteaux du Tricastin, Luberon and Ventoux. Cru Tavel, the oldest rosé AOC in France, produces a very high-quality Rhône rosé wine.
Finally, the Beaumes de Venise appellation produces a very aromatic, fragrant sweet muscat wine.
The vineyards of the Rhône Valley occur in two regions with very different characteristics.
First, there is the northern Rhône Valley. In this region, sloping terrain with granitic, shale soils predominates. The vines often grow on man-made terraces and benefit from the cool climate. The main grape variety used for red wines is Syrah. It produces well-structured wines which keep well, with spicy aromas of great finesse. The Roussanne, Viognier and Marsanne grape varieties are used to make very aromatic white wines with great vivacity.
The southern Rhône Valley is marked by a more Mediterranean climate which offers more contrasting conditions for the vines. Grenache is the dominant grape variety but is often combined with other varieties such as Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan to produce a more balanced Rhône red wine. The white wines are made from a blend of grape varieties such as Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne or Bourboulenc. Other terroirs with a southern character such as Lubéron and Diois are also linked to the Rhône Valley.
We now invite you to taste our selection of Rhône wines.
La Ferme du Mont.39.00 CHF Add to cart
Clos Bellane.42.00 CHF Add to cart
Clos Bellane.39.00 CHF Add to cart
Jérôme Gradassi.36.00 CHF Add to cart
E. Guigal.479.00 CHF Add to cart
La Ferme du Mont.
Matthieu Chambeyron.39.00 CHF Add to cart
Laurent & Dominique Courbis.32.00 CHF Add to cart
Clos Bellane.25.00 CHF Add to cart
Laurent & Dominique Courbis.59.00 CHF Add to cart
Olivier Hillaire.59.00 CHF Add to cart
La Ferme du Mont.15.00 CHF
J. Boutin.21.00 CHF Add to cart
Pierre & Jérôme Coursodon.28.00 CHF Add to cart
Pierre & Jérôme Coursodon.
Pierre & Jérôme Coursodon.21.00 CHF Add to cart
Clos Bellane.17.50 CHF Add to cart
Pierre & Jérôme Coursodon.48.00 CHF Add to cart
Pierre & Jérôme Coursodon.38.00 CHF Add to cart
J. Boutin.55.00 CHF Add to cart
Clos Bellane.15.00 CHF Add to cart
Olivier Hillaire.79.00 CHF Add to cart
J. Boutin.49.00 CHF Add to cart
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