The Rhône River originates in Switzerland, channeling meltwater from glaciers high in the Alps. More than 500 miles downstream, it reaches the Mediterranean, releasing an average of 60,000 cubic feet of freshwater into the sea every second. While vineyards thrive along the Rhône in the Swiss Valais, as well as the Savoie town of Seyssel, the “Rhône wines” we are concerned with today are born along a north-south span of the river roughly situated between the cities of Lyon and Avignon. The stretch can be divided into two distinct regions: the northern Rhône, where the Syrah grape is king, and the southern Rhône, where Grenache reigns. The river itself plays a role in defining these terroirs, moderating temperatures and reflecting sunlight. Crucially, the Rhône has carved out a valley and transported sediment over millions of years, giving rise to the very landscapes that are now home to many of France’s great vineyard sites. More than anything, the Rhône is the common thread that connects the twenty-five or so appellations in the river’s vicinity. Flowing southward, you’ll encounter a plethora of soils, different climates, and even distinct accents and cultural norms in the local people along the way. You’ll witness landscapes ranging from steep, terraced riverbanks to soft, gentle slopes. You will most certainly feel the violent mistral whipping past as it barrels down the valley. And the wines you’ll drink could be made from more than twenty possible permitted grape varieties, either blended or standing alone. It is no wonder, then, that Rhône wines can be red, white, or pink; dry or sweet; still or sparkling. They can provide basic satisfaction on an ordinary weeknight, or they can rank among the most memorable bottles you will ever taste. With this guide to the appellations of the Rhône Valley, you can work your way through the region’s diverse offerings one bottle at a time. The best way to learn about Rhône wines, of course, is with a corkscrew in hand.
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Shaped like a crescent hugging the Mediterranean coast, the region boasts an enormous variety of soil types and microclimates depending on elevation, exposition, and relative distance from the coastline and the cooler foothills farther inland. While the warm Mediterranean climate is conducive to the production of reds, there are world-class whites and rosés
Tasting Grenache, Garnatxa, Grannacia, Cannonau, or whatever you choose to call it across many regions, it quickly becomes apparent that this grape is a chameleon whose identity changes in accordance with the local conditions.
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