🇫🇷FRANCENorthern Rhone


NORTHERN RHONE IS   AOC.- 12     @Vienne/ Valence

  • BLANC= Marsanne, Rousanne, Viognier, Jacquere AKA=Cugnette
  • ROUGE= Syrah(Indigenous)

GEOGRAPHY France(South Central), REGOIN-Northern Rhone, LATITUDE: 45°N

  • South of Lyon-City(36km.),  BETWEEN: Vienne(North) to Valence(South), (65km. Long)
  • DEPARTMENTS– Ardeche, Rhone, Ain, Drome, Haute Savoie, Savoie, Loire, Lyon
  • Sub-Zones/ AOC.’s– Chateau-Grillet AOC., Condrieu AOC., Cornas AOC., Coteaux du Lyonnais AOC, Cote Rotie AOC., Cotes-du-Rhone AOC., Crozes-Hermitage AOC., Hermitage AOC., St. Peray AOC., St. Joseph AOC.
  • GRAND CRU- Most Demanding Level of Quality and Distinction.
    • 17 Named Appellation Are Allowed to Be Recognized by Their Village Without the Mention of Cote Du Rhone On Label
    • Southern Rhone-(9)-Beaumes de Venise AOC., Cairanne AOC., Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC., Diois AOC., Gigondas AOC., Lirac AOC., Rasteau AOC., Tavel AOC., Vacqueyras AOC., Vinsorbes AOC.
    • Northern Rhone-(8)-Chateau-Grillet AOC., Condrieu AOC., Cornas AOC., Cote-Rotie AOC., Crozes-Hermitage AOC., Hermitage AOC., Saint-Joseph AOC., Saint Peray AOC.

TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES– Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous/ Terraced/ Valley(Rhone)

  • SLOPES/ Granitic Escarpment, +Alt.400mt., Extension of Massif Central
  • On~Rhone~River~(West & East)
  • TOPOGRAPHIC EVENTS– Created During Last Ice Age When Rhone Glacier Carved the Rhone Valley.

SOILS Metamorphic, Volcanic, Sedimentary, Granite, Gneiss

  • Calcareous-Schist, Granitic-Sandy Soil, Alluvial Quaternary Delt Deposits, Pliocene Marl
  •  Slope Wash-  A Concern, Soil is Gathered and Carried Back to Top of Vineyards.

CLIMATE– Continental WithMediterranean Influences

  • +WIND/ Le Minstral…
    • Origins Begin In the Massif Central of Central France and Blow South Through the Rhone Valley and Into the Mediterranean Sea.

VITICULTURE  ? ha. Planted,  Harvested by Hand,  *Great Vintages= ’98,’01,’05,’07

  • Romans Built Terraces to Stop “Slope Wash”.

CULTURE Northern Rhone Valley is Officially Called Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.

  • WINE ROUTE~Route du Septentrion~ (Northern Rhone)
    • ~Cote du Rhone Wine Routes~ Series of Traveling Routes Between Vienna and Avignon That Allow For Wine Tourism In Different Section of the Rhone Valley.
  • GASTRONOMY… CHEESE Bleu d’Auvergne(Cow/ Blue), Rigotte de Condrieu(Goat/ Fresh)


**North Rhone Images Courtesy of Delong Maps, Purchase These Maps at Delongwine.com


COTEAUX Du LYONNAIS AOC.     @Lyon

  • BLANC= Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc   |   ROUGE= Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(North), DEPARTMENTS-Rhone
    • West of Lyon-City(     km.), Sub-Zones- L’Arbresle Brignais
    • BETWEEN: Beaujolais & Northern Rhone Valley But Not Considered Part of Either.
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES– “Rolling/ Hilly”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central-Monts du Lyonnais, On~Rhone~River~(West)
  • VITICULTURE– 290 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Clusel-Roch, Regis Descotes, Saint-Bel(C0.-Op.)

SEYSSUEL AOC. (Un-Official)     @

  • BLANC= Viognier   |   ROUGE= Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(North), DEPARTMENTS-Rhone
    • North of Vienne-City(5 km.)
    • BETWEEN: Lyon & Vienne (Not Considered Part of Rhone Valley)
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES– “Rolling/ Hilly”, On~Rhone~River~(East)
  • SOILSMetamorphic, Quartzite Schist, Mica Schist
  • VITICULTURE– 80 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Les Vignobles de Seyssuel

COTE ROTIE AOC.     @Ampus, Vienne

  • BLANC= Viognier 8%    |   ROUGE= Syrah 92%
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(North), DEPARTMENTS-Rhone
    • BORDERS: Condrieu AOC.(South-East), CITIES: Ampuis, Verenay, @Hw.#A7
    • COMMUNES: Ampuis, St. Cyr sur le Rhone, Tupin-Semons
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES–  “Hilly/ Mountainous/ Valley(Rhone)/ Terraces”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central(Foot Hills), +Alt. 330mt., 10 Ridges 600mt. Wide, On~Rhone~River~(West)
  • SOILS= Metamorphic”, ”Sedimentary, Granite, Schist(High Manganese, Iron), Gneiss, Wind-Loess
  • CLIMATE=Continental, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE–  319 ha. Planted,   Hand Harvested
    • 1940 AOC. Officially Established, Lieux-Dits– 75 Official
  • VINICULTURE– Syrah(+80%), Co-Fermented With Viognier(-20%)
      • Producers Can Use Up to 20% Viognier But Seldom Use More Than 10%.
    • Estate/ Producers– Ampuis(E. Guigal), Bernard Burgaud, Bonserine, Chapoutier, Delas Freres, Faury, Georges Vernay, Jamet, Levet, Monteillet, Ogier, Patrick Jasmin, Rostaing, Tardieu-Laurent, Vidal-Fleury
  • CULTURE
    • PIONEERS~ ~Etienne Guigal & Marcel Guigal~  Founder and Current Owner
  • SUB-ZONES Of COTE-ROTIE
  • St. CYR SUR Le RHONE– (North Cote Rote)
    •  Lieux-Dits...Bourrier, La Chapuise, Cumelle, Le Mont, Montilys, Planeze, Plany, Remilly, Servonniere, Vezerance, Le Village
  • AMPUIS– (Central Cote Rotie)
    • Lieux-Dits...Arzelie, Baleyat, Bas-Boucharey, Bertholon, Besset, Bonniviere, Le Bourg, La Brocarde, La Brosse, Le Carcan, Le Champin, Champon, Chavaroche, Cognet, Combachez, Le Combard, Cote-Baudin,
    • Cote-Rozier, Fongeant, Fourvier, Gerine, Le Goutay,  Grandes-Places, Grand-Taillis, Janet, Lancement, La Landonne(2.3ha.), Leyat, Les Lesardes, Marsanne, Le Mollard, Montmain, Mornachon, Les Moutonnes, Neve, Le Plomb, Ritolas, Les Rochains, La Roche, Rozier, La Taquiere, Tartaras, La Triotte, Le Truchet, Verenay, La Vialliere
    • Cote Brune– –Etymology– Lord Maugiron Deeded This Site to His Dark-Haired Daughter.
      • SOILS= “Dark”, Mica, Iron-Rich Schist, Some Clay
      • Vineyards– La Turque(1.2ha.)(Top of Slope),
        • La Landonne- +Alt.275 mt.,  +ASPECT/ 45*, Planted 1975 (Some Experts Believe La Landonne is Its Own Sub-Zone.)
    • Cote Blonde– ~Etymology~ Lord Maugiron Deeded This Site to His Blond-Haired Daughter.
      • SOILS= “Pale”, Gneiss, Granite, Schist, Limestone
      • Vineyards– La Mouline(1.2ha.)
  • TUPIN-SEMONS– (South Cote Rotie)
    • Lieux-Dits...Les Bercheries, Beton, Bons-Arrets, But de Mont, Collet, Corps de Loup, Coteaux de Sumons, Coteaux de Tupin, Maisons-Blanches,  Maison-Rouge, Pimotins, Semons

CONDRIEU AOC.     @Condrieu

  • BLANC= Viognier, Jacquere
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(North), DEPARTMENTS-Ardeche
    • (19km. Long), @Hw.#A7
    • BORDERS: Cote Rotie AOC.(North), (InLaps)St. Joseph AOC.(South)
    • Sub-Zones- Chateau-Grillet AOC.(South)
    • COMMUNES-Limony, Chavanay, Malleval,  Saint-Michel,  Verin, Condrieu, Saint-Pierre-Boeuf
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES– “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous/ Valley(Rhone)/ Terraces”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central(Foot Hills),+Alt.?,  On~Rhone~River~(West)
  • SOILS= Metamorphic”, ”Sedimentary
    • Clay, Sandy Top-Soil Over Granite, Limestone, Flint, Arzelle(Decomposed Mica)
  • CLIMATE= Continental, Summer– Hot   |   Winter– Cold, Wet,  +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 155 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Andre Perret, Chambeyron, Delas Freres, Durand, La Grande Colline, E. Guigal, Jean-Luc Colombo, Lagrezette, Laurent, Monteillet, Niero, Perret, Rostaing, Tardieu, Thierry Allemand, Vernay, Xavier Gerard, Yves Cuilleron
    • Vineyards– Les Aires, Boucher, Chaban, Combe, Fourchat, Le Gros, Jouvet, La Legre, La Louvee, Matlingois, Patou, Les Pibous, Les Prés, Les Rieux, Rougeole, Les Ruchets, Sabarotte, Saint-Pierre, Terres Brûlées, Theziet
  • CULTURE– ~Etymology~ Coin de Ruisseau…Meaning Corner of the Brook.
    • GASTRONOMY/ CHEESE…Rigotte de Condrieu(Goat/ Fresh)

CHATEAU-GRILLET AOC.      @Grillet

  • BLANC= Viognier 100%
  • GEOGRAPHY– France. REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(North), DEPARTMENTS– Rhone
    • BORDERS: Condrieu AOC.(North), Saint-Joseph AOC.(South)
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES-“Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Rhone)”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central(Foot Hills),+Alt.?,  On~Rhone~River~(West)
  • CLIMATE=Continental, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 3.8 haPlanted
  • VINICULTURE– Monopole
    • Estate/ Producers

ST. JOSEPH AOC.     @Mauves, Tournon

  • BLANC= Marsanne, Roussanne
  • ROUGE= Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(Central), DEPARTMENTS-Rhone
    • BORDERS: (Laps)Condrieu AOC.(North), Cornas AOC.(South), Crozes-Hermitage AOC.(South-East)
    • (45km. Long & 15km. Wide), @Hw.#N82/ A7
    • COMMUNES-(26),  Original 6, Until 1956: Glun, Lemps, Mauves, St. Jean de Muzols, Tournon, Vion
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES– “Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Rhone)”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central(Foot Hills), +Alt. ?, On~Rhone~River~(West)
  • SOILS= Metamorphic”, ”Sedimentary, Granite, Mica-Schist, Limestone, Clay, Gneiss
  • CLIMATE= Continental“, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 1,200 haPlanted,  Culture of Using Goblet Vine Training
  • VINICULTURE– Some Carbonic Maceration
    • Estate/ Producers– Andre Perret, Bêcheras, Chapoutier, Chatagnier, Chirat, Christophe Pichon, Coursodon, Delas Freres, E-Guigal, Faury, Ferraton, Gonon, Guy Farge, Jaboulet, Jean-Louis Chave, Jolivet, Michel Ogier, Pierre Gonon, Verzier, Vignes de l’Hospice, Yves Cuilleron

CROZES-HERMITAGE AOC.     @Tain-L’Hermitage

  • BLANC= Marsanne, Rousanne
  • ROUGE= Syrah(+85)
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(South-East)
    • DEPARTMENT-Drome, BORDERS: St-Joseph AOC.(West)
    • COMMUNES– (11), Beaumont-Monteaux, Chanos-Curson, Les Chassis, Erome, Gervans, Larnage, Mercurol, Pont-de-l’Isere, La Roche-de-Glun, Serves-sur-Rhone, Tain-l’Hermitage
    • Northern Rhone Largest Appellation
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES–  “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous/ Valley(Rhone)”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central(Foot Hills), +Alt. 116mt .- 367mt., On~Rhone~River~(East)
  • SOILS=Metamorphic”, ”Sedimentary”, Hillsides…Granit    |    Flat-Land…Calcareous, Alluvial Limestone, Galets
  • CLIMATE= Continental, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 1,683haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– 4 Vents, Alain Graillot, Les Alexandrin, Barrel Lynch, Betton, Belle, J. Boutin, Cave de Tain, Chapoutier, Colombier, Dombier, Courbis, Dard & Ribo, Delas, E. Guigal, Gaylord Machon, Fayolle Fils et Fille, Feres, Ferraton Pere & Fils, Gilles Robin, Hauts Chassis, J.L. Chave, Laurent Combier, Laurent Habrard, Jaboulet Aine, Melody, M. Sorrel, Remizieres, Rousset, Tain, Tardieu, Yann Chave
    • Vineyards– Les Chassis, Les Sept Chemins, Les Meysonniers

HERMITAGE AOC.     @Tain-L’Hermitage

  • BLANC= Marsanne, Rousanne    |    ROUGE= Syrah 90%
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(South-East)
    • DEPARTMENTS-Drome,  In/ Surrounded by Crozes Hermitage AOC. On 3 Sides
    • Sub-Zones Montagne Sainte-Victoire, Massif de la Sainte Baume
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES– “Rolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous/ Valley(Rhone)/ Terraces”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central(Hill of Hermitage), +Alt.260mt.-400mt.,  On~Rhone~River~(East)
    • On Bend In Rhone, Giving Vine Full South Exposure, and Protection From Mistrals.
  • SOILS= Metamorphic”, Granite,Sedimentary”, Limestone, Clay, Wind-Loess
    • Glacial/ Alluvial Quaternary Delt Deposits, Pliocene Marl
    • Western– Granitic   |   Eastern– Alpine Influenced Glacial Deposits
  • CLIMATE=  Continental Influence, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 136 ha. Planted,   ( 24% Blanc/ 76% Rouge)
    • Vine Training– Gobelet, 1 mt. by 1 mt.(10,000 Vines Per Hectare
  • VINICULTURE+BLENDED/ Lieux Dits or Lieux Dits Specific
    • Estate/ Producers– Belle(1.5ha.), Bernard Faurie, Cave de Tain(Co.-Op.)(21ha.), M. Chapoutier(34ha.), JL. Chave(14 ha.), Colombier, Delas(10ha.), Dard & Ribo, Desmure(Remezieres)(3 ha.), Faurie(2ha.), Ferraton(4ha.), Jaboulet(25ha.), Marc Sorrel(3ha.)
    • Lieux-Dits-(20) Beaumes, Les Bessards, L’Ermite, Les Greffieux, L’Hermite, Meal, Roucoule, Le Sobot
  • CULTURE
    • PIONEERS– ~Hermit/ Henri G. Sterimberg~ 1300’s, Albigensian Crusade.
      • Stayed On the Top of Hermitage Hill After the Crusades.
    • Chapel of St. Christopher, Built In 1864 to Replace 12th. Century Church.
  • HERMITAGE VIN De PAILLE AOC.     @Hermitage
    • BLANC= Marsanne, Rousanne
    • ROUGE= Syrah
    • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley, In Hermitage AOC.
    • VINICULTURE– Vin de Paille, Late Harvest, (No Noble Rot), Dried On Straw Mats
      • Estate/ Producers– Chapoutier

CORNAS AOC.      @Cornas

  • ROUGE= Syrah 100%
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(South), DEPARTMENTS-Ardeche
    • North-West of Valence-City(     km.),  LATITUDE: 44.96° ‘N’
    • BORDERS: St. Joseph AOC.(North), St.-Peray AOC.(South)
  • TOPOGRAPHY–  FEATURESRolling/ Hilly/ Mountainous/ Terraces/ Valley(Rhone)
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central, +Alt.130mt.-400mt.,  On~Rhone~River~(West)
  • SOILS=Metamorphic, Sedimentary, Gore(Granite)
    • Limestone Faults(Rocher de Crussol & Rocher de Rochepertuis)
  • CLIMATE= Continental, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 150 haPlanted, Chalillees– Wall(Build by Romans)
    • Estate/ Producers– Alain Voge, Clape, Courbis, Delas, Durand, Guillaume Billes, Guy Farge, Jaboulet, Pagluaboulet, Robert Michel, Thierry Allemand, Tunnel, Vincent Paris
    • Vineyards– Le Bois, Chaillot, Chapuzes, Le Coulet, Reynard, Sauman

ST. PERAY AOC.      @St. Peray

  • BLANC= Marsanne, Roussanne
  • ROUGE= Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(South), DEPARTMENTS-Ardeche
    • West of Valence-City(      km.), BORDERS: Cornas AOC.(North)
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES– “Rolling/ Hilly/ Valley(Rhone)”,
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central(Foot Hills), +Alt. ?
    • On~Mialan~River/ Tributary~Rhone~River~(West)
  • SOILS=Metamorphic”, ”Sedimentary, Granite, Limestone, Clay, Sand, Stone
  • CLIMATE= Continental, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 89 haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers– Alain Voge, Bernard Gripa, Cave de Tain, Clape, Famille Pierre Gaillard, Guy Farge, Jean-Luc Colombo, Remy Nodin, Stephane Robert, Tunnel
  • MOUSSEUX De ST.-PERAY AOC.     @St. Peray
    • BLANC= Marsanne, Roussanne, Rousette
    • ROUGE= ?
    • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley(South/ West Bank), In St. Peray AOC.
    • VINICULTURESPARKLING…Method/ Traditional
      • Estate/ Producers– Domaine du Biguet, Maison M Chapoutier

COTES-Du-RHONE AOC.     @Northern Rhone

  • BLANC=    |    ROUGE= **Refer to “Northern Rhone is”  For Grape Information
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern & Southern Rhone Valleys Mostly Southern Rhone Valley
    • “Non-Contiguous(3)Satellites Cote-Du-Rhone Areas of Northern Rhone
    • COTE-DU-RHONE 1-
      • Geography– North of Hermitage(10km./ East of Rhone River
    • COTE-DU-RHONE 2-
      • Geography–  South of Valence City(10km./ East of Rhone River)
    • COTE-DU-RHONE 3-
      • Geography– South of St.-Peray AOC. (10km./ West of Rhone River)

Between ‘North’ & ‘South’ Rhone Valleys

COTEAUX De DIE AOC.      @Die

  • BLANC= Clairette, Aligote, Muscat Blanc Petits Grains
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Rhone Valley, DEPARTMENT-Ardeche
    • BETWEEN: North & South Rhone Valleys
    • BORDERS: Chatillon-en-Dios(South-East)
  • TOPOGRAPHYFEATURES–  “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly”
  • SOILS=Metamorphic”, ”Sedimentary, Alluvial, Glacial, Chalk, Clay
  • CLIMATE= Mediterranean With Continental Influence, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE–  ?  ha. Planted
    • Estate/ Producers– Domaine des Tours, Jacques Faure, Jerome Vincent, Peylong
  • CREMANT Du DIE AOC.     @Die
    • BLANC= Clairette(+55%), Aligoté, Muscat Blanc Petits Grains
    • GEOGRAPHY– France,  REGION-Rhone Valley, In Coteaux de Die AOC.
    • VINICULTURESPARKLING…Method/ Traditional, +AGED/ 12mo. On Lees, +15 Grams/ RS.
      • Estate/ Producers– Achard-Vincent, Cave Carod, Die Jaillance, Poulet & Fils, Suzienne
  • CLAIRETTE De DIE AOC.      @Die
    • BLANC= Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains(+75%), Clairette(25%)
    • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Rhone Valley, In Coteaux de Die AOC.
    • VITICULTURESPARKLING…METHOD/ Traditional/ Methode Ancestrale
      • Estate/ Producers

CHATILLON-En-DIOIS AOC.     @Chatillon

  • BLANC= Aligoté, Chardonnay, Clairette, Muscat a Petit Grains Blanc
  • ROUGE= Gamey(+75%), Pinot Noir, Syrah
  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Rhone Valley, DEPARTMENT-Drome
    • BETWEEN– Northern Area Between North & South Rhone Valleys, COMMUNES– 13
    • BORDERS: Coteaux de Die(North-West)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Rolling/ Hilly”, On~Drome~River~
  • CLIMATE= Mediterranean With Continental Influence, +WIND/ Le Minstral
  • VITICULTURE– 60haPlanted
    • Estate/ Producers

Indication Geographique Protégée of Northern Rhone

  • BLANC= Any White Grapes Varieties Approved For Production In Northern Rhone Valley.
  • ROUGE= Any Red Grapes Varieties Approved For Production In Northern Rhone Valley.
  • VITICULTURE– Wines Produced In “RHONE VALLEY” Non-Conforming to a AOC.

ARDECHE IGP.

  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley, DEPARTMENT-Ardeche
    • (Laps)Southern Rhone Valley
    • COTEAUX De l’ARDECHE (Southern Ardeche/ Southern Rhone)
  • TOPOGRAPHY– “Flat/ Rolling/ Hilly”
    • SLOPES/ Massif Central/ Cevennes Mountains, +Alt., On~Ardeche~River~
    • BETWEEN: Massif Central to River Plains

COLLINES RHODANIENNES IGP.

  • GEOGRAPHY– France, REGION-Northern Rhone Valley, DEPARTMENT– ?
    • BETWEEN– Lyon and Montelimar


**Refer to “BIBLIOGRAPHY/ Sources” For Details On Scholarly Works Referenced.