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Rhone Valley

The Rhone Valley is a key wine-producing region in the south-east of France. The wines produced from the Rhone Valley's steep and unforgiving vineyards are often among the best in France. The styles may differ throughout the region, but the Rhone Valley's concentrated, spicy, fruit-driven wines are usually of high quality and provide great value. The Rhone Valley naturally falls into two, separate sub-regions: Northern and  Southern Rhone.  

The predominate grape varietal grown iin the North is the robust Syrah. The wines produced from these vineyards account for less than ten percent of the total production in the Rhone Valley, yet almost all of the regions’ finest wines are produced here, including those from Côte Rôtie, Hermitage and Condrieu.

The Southern Rhone is dramatically different from the steep North with flat, arid vineyards where the predominate grape varietals are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. The Mediterranean climate here is considerably drier, with the Southern Rhone receiving, on average, 230mm less rain than the North. Châteauneuf-du-Pape is the Southern Rhone's most famous red wine. It is usually a blend, which can contain up to 13 varieties of grape (out of the 19 grown in the Southern Rhone), as permitted by the Châteauneuf-du-Pape AOC rules. The classic style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape is a red wine that is rich, spicy, and often tannic in its youth. If allowed to age in bottle, its flavors become sumptuous and gamey, developing complex layers and extreme depth.