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The Rhône Valley - Wine Map of the Rhône Valley

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View across the Rhône River to Tain L’Hermitage

Photo: Carrying Syrah grapes in the Northern Rhône © Provided by DKBooks Carrying Syrah grapes in the Northern Rhône

Carrying Syrah grapes in the Northern Rhône

Photo: View across the Rhône River to Tain L’Hermitage © Provided by DKBooks View across the Rhône River to Tain L’Hermitage

Wine Map of the Rhône Valley

The vineyards of the Northern Rhône trace the course of the river from the town of Vienne south to Valence. In descending order, Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, Château Grillet, St-Joseph, Cornas, and St-Péray hug the left bank, while Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage are located on the right. About 60 miles (100 km) separates these Northern Rhône AOCs from the southern group of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Lirac, and Tavel situated just to the north of Avignon. In between are the lesser-known districts of the Coteaux du Tricastin and Diois east of the river in the Drôme département, and Côtes du Vivarais to the west in the Ardèche. The Côtes du Ventoux and Côtes du Lubéron are ranged to the southeast of Avignon in the Vaucluse.

Northern Rhône: Areas & top producers

Côte Rôtie

Domaine Clusel Roch

Domaine Jamet



Domaine André Perret

Domaine Georges Vernay

Domaine Yves Cuilleron


Domaine Alain Graillot


Delas Frères

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

M Chapoutier

Paul Jaboulet Aîné


Domaine Clape

Southern Rhône: Areas & top producers


Domaine Raspail-Ay


Domaine de la Monardière


Château de Beaucastel

Château la Nerthe

Château Rayas

Clos des Papes

Domaine Bois de Boursan

Domaine Bosquet des Papes

Domaine de la Janasse


Château d’Aquéria

Côtes du Rhône & Côtes du Rhône Villages

Domaine La Réméjeanne

Domaine Marcel Richaud

Perfect case: The Rhône valley

Terroir at a glance




0–450 m.


The north is fairly rugged terrain with steep schistous slopes rising to a plateau 350 m above the valley floor. The prime vineyard sites offer southerly or southeasterly exposure and shelter from the northerly winds. The south varies from sun-scorched alluvial river plain to the later-ripening limestone-and-clay slopes that rise to around 450 m.


Granite, schist, sand, flint, chalk, mica, clay.


The north has a classic continental climate of hot summers and cold winters with clearly marked seasons: ideal for Syrah, which requires less intense heat. Cool, dry northerly winds and warmer, rain-bearing southerlies blow intermittently through the year. The climate of the south is pure Mediterranean, with hot, dry summers and winter rain, good for varieties like Grenache and Mourvèdre that like the heat.


July average is 72°F (22.5°C) in the north and 74°F (23.5°C) in the south.


Annual average is 600–650 mm.


In the south, the mistral wind aids ripening.

Viticultural hazards:

Fungal disease; hail.

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