Rhône Valley Wine Region Guides

From Secret Sips to Global Glamour: Discover the Rhône Valley's Wine Legacy


Last updated: June 25, 2024


The Rhône Valley wine region was once the secret of France, where a select few fell in love with these powerful, elegant, and exotic fine wines. How times change: these agreeable yet profound expressions of local terroir now boast a fan club stretching from Tokyo to Manhattan.

Indeed, the established and increasing number of Rhône blue chips are some of the world’s most exciting and expensive bottles. Today, Côte Rôtie and Hermitage lead the pack in quality and prestige. This merely represents the tip of a gigantic iceberg: winemakers here also produce a wealth of good value wine, and two-thirds of all wine made throughout the Rhône Valley carries the generic AC label.

Meanwhile, Rhône Blanc is going from strength to strength, whether you’re drinking in the heady scent of Viognier at Condrieu or marveling at the renaissance of Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Winemakers here also produce a good volume of excellent rosé —perfumed, concentrated, and innately food-friendly. Throw in a surfeit of hilltop villages, superlative gastronomy, and mesmerizing landscapes into the pot, and the Rhône will have you captivated for life.

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