Condrieu Wine Region Guide

Sip the Essence of Elegance: Condrieu, the Jewel of the Rhône Valley


Last updated: March 6, 2024


The Condrieu wine region is an outlier – a dissident in the Northern Rhône. While most vineyards in this part of the world are planted with red grape varieties, Condrieu refuses to swim with the tide. Instead, it stakes its entire reputation on a small volume of delicious white wines that are oily, richly textured, and imbued with the scent of freesia. Admittedly, they lack both the renown and cachet of top Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. But to the region’s proud growers, that scarcely matters; they consider Condrieu one of the finest white styles made in Europe today.

Indeed, the best Condrieu is undeniably exquisite: mineral-tinted, pure, and unbelievably complex. Unfortunately, French sommeliers often jealously guard the leading brands, ensuring they always stay within the country’s borders. Yet, as the area under vine continues to expand, finding Condrieu in the US and other markets is becoming less of a challenge. These inimitable wines, ignored for too long, are well worth discovering.


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