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6 Unique Wine Excursions in the Rhône Valley Slideshow

6 Unique Wine Excursions in the Rhône Valley Slideshow

These interesting trips within France's Rhône Valley will leave you a little more in tune with French wines

Create Your Own Wine at Maison Lavau

If you really want to understand what goes into a Rhône Valley red, there’s no better way than making one yourself. At the Maison Lavau, visitors can attend make-your-own wine workshops. Winemakers lead groups of two to six in two-hour winemaking sessions, teaching the crucial differences between the key regional grapes syrah and grenache, as well as the basic principles of how to blend each grape variety to achieve the perfect balance between fruit and tannin. At the end of your lab-tasting session, you’ll leave with a bottle of your very own cru.

Price: €30 per person

Stay On a Vineyard at Domaine de Provensol

Husband-and-wife team Dominique and Dominique left Paris 12 years ago to pursue their dream of winemaking, opening a winery and bed-and-breakfast at Domaine de Provensol. Nestled on a vineyard at the foot of the Mont Ventoux, each visitor at the B&B is invited to engage in the entire winemaking process, from harvest to table. Guests can observe the harvest during peak season, sample the wines straight from the barrels to understand the fermentation process, and taste the wines while dining with the winemakers themselves at Provensol’s familial table.

Price: €105 to €155 per night

Pair Wine in Innovative Ways at La Maison des Vins Workshops

Inter Rhône, the regional wine tourism chapter, hosts monthly wine tastings in Avignon for those who want to go beyond the basics. Inter Rhône invites top sommeliers and chefs to guide visitors in thematic wine tastings. Themes in the past have included blind tastings, pairings with truffles or shellfish, and wine and dessert nights. Note: It helps to have a little French under your belt for these workshops.

Price: €25 per person

Tour a Wine Village Via Segway at Domaine Rozel

Explore Vineyards on a Mo-ped with Cave TerraVentoux

There’s no better way to discover a winery than wandering through the vineyards, and TerraVentoux guides visitors on a personal tour of the terroir via mo-ped. The winemaker meets you at three different stages of the tour for a wine tasting and picnic of regional foods, along with conversation of this wine cooperative’s rich legacy.

Price: €29 per person

Picnic Among the Vines at Domaine de Marotte

Wine picnics may be common in the growing landscape of wine tourism, but few come with the personal touch found at Domaine de Marotte. Visitors can taste the wines with winemaker Daan Dijkman, and then choose a bottle to drink along with a picnic of regional specialties prepared by his wife Elvira. Guests can enjoy their pique-nique vigneron anywhere on the property and linger for as long as they’d like. For families, Domaine de Marotte has designed interactive games and activities for children to discover the grape harvest.

Price: €22.50 per person


The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

Wine Learning Accessories

No matter your wine knowledge, we've got the accessories to improve your wine journey.

Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)

The Guide to Côtes-du-Rhône Wine w/ Maps

The Rhône Valley has been a hub of wine culture since ancient times and is just as popular today. Come explore this superb region and learn why:

Viticulture as we know it arrived in Southern France with the Greeks in the 4th century BC. But it was the Romans who really established the vineyards and reputation of the area using the Rhône as their highway through France (and planting a few vineyards along the way).

Châteauneuf-du-Pape means “The Pope’s New Crib” The Catholic Church was the next main influence when Pope Clement V moved his headquarters from Rome to Avignon in 1309.

Wine Quality Levels in Côtes du Rhône

The wines of the Rhône Valley are divided into four levels:

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Côtes du Rhône AOC

Accounting for 50% of the valley’s production, this is the ‘entry level’ classification. Most are red blends based on Grenache or Syrah and the vineyards are planted on a variety of different soils. Production rules are not as strict as other levels but wines must have a minimum of 11% alc. and be made from the 21 sanctioned grape varieties.

These wines are easy drinking, food loving wines that are perfect for everyday. The white blends and rosés are equally delicious too, even if a little harder to find.

Côtes du Rhône Villages AOC

The next step up the wine ‘pyramid’, the village wines are a bit more complex with lower yields and slightly higher alcohol. These wines are great for aging.

Côtes du Rhône (named) Villages AOC

Keep an eye out for labels bearing one of the 21 villages that are allowed to declare their names. In no particular order:

  • Visan
  • Puyméras
  • Séguret
  • Saint-Gervais
  • Suze-la-Rousse
  • Sainte-Cécile
  • Valréas
  • Vinsobres
  • Roaix
  • Sablet
  • Sinargues
  • Rochegude
  • Chusclan
  • Rousset-les-Vignes
  • St-Pantaléon-les-Vignes
  • St-Maurice-sur-Eygues
  • Gadagne
  • Laudun
  • Massif d’Uchaux
  • Plan de Dieu
  • Vaison la Romaine

The Crus

These 17 distinctive crus of the Rhône Valley – 8 in the north and 9 in the south – truly express their individual “terroir” and are responsible for about 20% of the Rhône wine production.

  • Beaumes des Venise AOP
  • Cairanne AOP (elevated in 2016)
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOP
  • Gigondas AOP
  • Lirac AOP
  • Tavel AOP
  • Rasteau AOP (changed in 2009)
  • Vacqueyras AOP
  • Vinsorbes AOP (elevated 2006)
  • Cornas AOP
  • Condrieu AOP
  • Château-Grillet AOP
  • Côte-Rôtie AOP
  • Crozes-Hermitage AOP
  • Hermitage AOP
  • Saint-Joseph AOP
  • Saint Péray AOP
  • Diois AOP (bonus! local, but not on the Rhône river)


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