Cairanne is a relatively new appellation having broken away from the the Côtes du Rhône AOC in 2016. It produces red, rosé and white wines.
Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of France’s most recognised red wines. Produced from a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre and up to fifteen others, the wines are often big, robust and full bodied but with the potential to age and improve for many years from the vintage.
Vacqueyras is predominantly a red wine appellation in the Southern Rhône. Created in 1990, it produces soft, plummy wines from Grenache. In some areas it reaches 440m and in good years vineyards at this altitude can provide interesting aromatic complexity. Vacqueyras is often compared to nearby Gigondas in style.
Vinsobres is one of the exciting villages of the Côtes du Rhône and is appreciated for its red wines from Grenache, Syrah and/or Mourvèdre, planted on the undulating hills that characterise the area. It was granted its own appellation in 2005.
Located in the Vaucluse, Beaumes de Venice was granted AOC status in 2005 for its spicy and peppery red wines. The area remains better known for its fortified and sweet Muscat based white wines however, which carry their own separate appellation.
Although technically in the Languedoc, Costières de Nîmes AOC has been reassigned to the the administrative control of the Rhône Valley wine committee.
Located on the western banks of the Rhône river, the Ardèche is home to home to around 7500 hectares planted in the pains of the Ardèche valley and the foothills of the Cévennes mountains. Varietal wines are increasingly popular but generally the wines are inexpensive blends from Grenache, Cinsault, Syrah and Gamay. Co-operative cellars are common in the area.
Coteaux du Pont du Gard is home to some interesting winemaking. Red wines are often made with Grenache, Syrah, Carignan Noir and Marselan, although Clin d’Oeil is increasingly popular.
Located in the heart of the Rhône Valley, Coteaux du Tricastin is quickly growing its reputation for a slightly lighter style of red wine than the region’s classic appellations.
Côtes du Rhône AOC is a large area in the southern Rhône Valley producing good value wines from a blend of Grenache and Syrah.
Côtes du Vivarais AOC is a small appellation covering around 500 hectares in the south of the Rhône Valley. Most of the wine made here is red and is a blend of Grenache Noir, Syrah and Carignan Noir.
Created in 1971, the relatively cooler climate of the Gigondas is becoming trendy as temperatures rise in the Southern Rhône. Here Grenache can grow as high as 600m and under the cooling influence of the Mistral wind and the protection of the Dentelles de Montmirail mountains, the long growing season can help create fascinating wines. At least 50% Grenache must be blended with Syrah and / or Mourvèdre.
Rasteau AOC was once part of the Côtes du Rhône appellation as a named village but its success has seen it progress to carry its own separate appellation.
Tavel is a prestigious appellation dedicated exclusively to rosé wines. Located just across the Rhône River from Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel is widely regarded as producing some of the best pink wines in France.
Vaucluse is a catch all appellation for winemaking in the department. It’s home to to wines of varying quality. Stand out names include Chateau des Tours and Domaine de Piaugier.
Ventoux is one of the largest appellations in France. Generally considered a poorer terroir than the smaller zones of the Southern Rhône, Ventoux nevertheless offers plenty of potential for fresh and rustic Rhône blends.