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Wines of the Rhone Valley

Wines of Côtes du Rhône can be separated into two geographic areas:


Northern vineyards :

Côte Rôtie

The Côte Rôtie with its hills bathed in sun, produces a warm, robust, full-bodied, richly colored red wine. Harsh and dark when they are young those wines become softer and develop with age an excellent bouquet. Two grape-varieties dominate the production, Viognier and Syrah.

Wines of Côte Rôtie are often considered as the best Côtes du Rhône.


The "Coteaux (slope) de l'Hermitage" dominates the small town of Tain l'Hermitage. The first plantations date from the 10th century but it is under Louis the XIV that l'Hermitage obtains its credential letters... It was the favourite cru of the Tsar court in Russia.

The red wines of Hermitage are generous and well balanced, strong aromas and a complete bouquet. They tolerate aging very well and become smooth and mellow when they mature.


Southern vineyards :

The southern vineyards produce 80% of Côtes du Rhône wines.


The Châteauneuf du Pape is the most famous Côtes du Rhône wine. The "Coteaux" (slope) is between Orange and Avignon, in one of the most beautiful landscapes of Provence, where the Popes had their summer residence.

The Châteauneuf du Pape is thick, harsh, powerful and richly colored. It is elaborated with 13 authorized and controlled grape-varieties among which Syrah, Grenache and Clairette.

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They are produced in large quantity and are of a very good value for every day consumption.


Read more about Côtes du Rhône wines with :
- Rhone Valley: The 90 Greatest Wines

About the Rhone Valley wine region :
Wines of Rhône - Côtes du Rhône wine information - Côtes du Rhône region information - Rhône wine history - Rhône wine making - Côtes du Rhône map - Rhône wine and food - Buy Rhône wines - Rhône main page

Wines from Côtes du Rhône :
Côte Rôtie - Condrieu - Château Grillet - Hermitage - Crozes Hermitage - Cornas - Côtes du Rhône aoc - Côtes du Rhône villages - Gigondas - Châteauneuf du Pape - Côtes du Ventoux - Wines from Côtes du Rhône

Other french wine regions :
Alsace - Bordeaux - Burgundy - Champagne - Corsica - Languedoc-Roussillon - Loire Valley - Provence - South West



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