What are the 18 appellations of Cotes du Rhone wines?

Welcome in the south of france in the Syrah‘s birthplace (James Busby bring it to Australia in 1831), and where we still growing Viognier. There are 18 appellations for the cotes du rhones wines, each named as the village it comes from: Cote-Rotie, Condrieu, Chateau grillet, St Joseph, Crozes Hermitage, St Peray, Hermitage, Vinsobre, Rasteau,Cornas, Vacqueyras, Chateau Neuf du Pape, Lirac, and Tavel. The terroir is about a landscape covered with junipers and oak trees, a granitic soil and a big mediterranean influence which is the perfect combination for the syrah’s expression.

There are two kinds of red Cotes du Rhone:

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Cotes du Rhone Septentrional

, from the north made from 100% of syrah (Cote-rotie, St Joseph, Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage and Cornas), medium body, delicate, silky. The most delicate appellation is St Joseph, £20 there is a little taste of black pepper on it, I can’t resist! Cornas,£35, is the richest Syrah, this place is the birthplace of Syrah, where it can express the best of itself.

Cotes du Rhone meridional

from a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Carignan (Chateau Neuf du Pape, Gigondas, Vacqueyras)., medium to full body, fruity and spicy. Here my favorite is Gigondas, £20, spicy enough to match korean, indian, or Thai food.

Different kinds of White cotes du rhones made from:



A blend of Roussanne, Marsanne and Viognier

Round, dry, the color is very pale, matches with Scallops, cheese or risotto. My favorite appellation isSt Peray, around £12 per bottle.

100% Viognier

One of the most difficult varietals.The most prestigious and rare appellation isCondrieu, since 1940, 100 ha,it costs around £50, it is dry and rich, it could be sweet, the color is intense, quite yellow and the smell very intense is about Violet flowers and rose petals, peaches, apricot and pears, D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S. Condrieu is perfect with ginger prawns, scallops, creamy risotto, or foie gras.

100% muscat petit grain

For the appellation Muscat Beaumes de Venise it is a dessert wine with honey and white fruits flavours.

authorised grapes in Côtes du Rhones

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authorised grapes in Côtes du Rhones

The 13 grapes authorised in the AOC cotes du Rhone are Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, Bourboulenc, Counoise, Cinsault, Muscardin, Picpoul, Terret noir, Picardan, Clairette, Vaccarase, Roussanne et viognier.
There are 2 appellations rose Tavel and Lirac, both of them very dry and refreshing.
And a red dessert wine, Rasteau made from 100% Black granacha, perfect with chocolate.

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