Discover the rich flavours of the Rhône Valley's finest wines, one of France’s finest red wine producing regions. Although the Rhône is one wine region, it is actually split into two distinct winemaking districts as you follow the Rhône river valley south. The steep-sided Northern Rhône with its terraced vineyards affords spectacular views over the Rhône, and comprises appellations including Côte Rôtie, Condrieu and Hermitage; where the greatest Syrah is found from producers such as Domaine Yann-Chave and Réné Rostaing.
The southern Rhône’s vineyards are a geographical contrast to the north – comprising wide flat plains spreading from Nîmes in the west to St Tropez in the east. Most of the vineyards in the southern Rhône are designated as Côtes du Rhône and Côtes du Rhône-Villages. The most famous appellation is Châteauneuf-du-Pape, with producers like Vieux Telegraphe and Château de Beaucastel. The Ventoux meanwhile, is home to the superstar estate, Domaine Fondrèche. Other well-known appellations include Gigondas and Lirac. Southern reds are blends. Grenache is the most important variety and other varieties used include: Carignan, Counoise, Mourvèdre and Syrah. Fine softer, ripe white wines are also made in the Rhône, crafted from Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier.
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