Rhone: The Rhone river valley in southeastern France is a grape growing and wine producing area famed for its red wines.
The region is just under 150 miles long (north to south) and lies
between the cities of Lyon in the north and Avignon in the south.
There are 16 specific appellations that cover an area of more than
41,000 hectares. All qualities of wine are produced here from Appellation
Controllee to Vin de Table. Production is 2% white, the
rest being red and rose. Wines from the Rhone can achieve outstanding
quality. There has been opportunity to achieve greater value in
the purchase of many Rhone wines versus those of Bordeaux
Some of the vineyards here
are very rocky. Chateauneuf du Pape and Cotes du Rhone (means
'Slopes of the Rhone') are the two best known wines to come from
this region. A wide variety of grapes are grown and blended
in this region but the two most commonly used are Syrah