THE NORTHERN RHONE
Principal AOCs: Cote-Rotie,
Condrieu, Chateau Grillet, St.
Hermitage, Cornas, St. Peray
Principal Grape varities:
SYRAH, Viognier, Marsanne,
World renowned red’s from the
Syrah grape with smoky, floral
and roasted meat flavors that
can age for decades.
Whites are lesser known,
however Condrieu; made from
100% Viognier, is revered for
its complex aromas and
VINEYARDS OF CÔTE RÔTIE
• North part of Rhone Valley, around Vienne city, on the right bank of the river
• Some of the oldest vineyards in France
• Some of the steepest vineyards in the world, & incredibly labor intensive to harvest
• Production is based solely on red wine
The Hermitage hill stands above the Rhône River and the town of Tain-l'Hermitage.
•The vines grow on the south west side of a steep granite hill facing the
afternoon sun and can be divided into a number of smaller vineyards.
•These are "Les Bessards" to the west, "L'Hermite and "La Chapelle on the top of
the mountain, and "Bessards", "Le Méal", "Les Greffieux" and "Murets" to the
•With 345 acres (1.40 km2) of vines, in soil composed greatly of granite and
gravels, Hermitage produces 730,000 bottles of mostly red wines, annually
Rich, dry white wines are also produced from a blend of Marsanne and
Roussanne. These wines are also usually left to age, for up to 15 years.
Vin de paille or Straw Wine is also produced in this region.
THE SOUTHERN RHONE
Southern Rhone known
for its blended wines.
Grenache is the
headliner for most red
C h a te a u n e u f - d u - Pa p e
•13 different grape varietals permitted, although, Grenache dominates
•Red and White wines are produced
•Can be traditional (medium bodied and earthy) and modern (big, juicy and fruit
THE FAMOUS “LES GALETS” OF CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE.
THESE STONES HELP RETAIN THE HEAT DURING THE COOLER MONTHS.