Definition - What does Southern Rhone mean?
Southern Rhône is located within the Rhône wine region in the southeast of France, and has a history dating back to 600 B.C.E. There are many subregions with Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) status where wine is made from a variety of grapes to make red, white and rosé wines. One famous region of Southern Rhône is Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
WineFrog explains Southern Rhone
Compared to the North, Southern Rhône is very different. The valley widens as you travel south and the climate changes significantly. Because of its close proximity to Provence, it carries its influences in both Mediterranean climate and culture. There is less precipitation and the Mistral Wind plays a big part in the yearly weather.
Grenache is the most widely cultivated grape and it is used to make local blends along with Cinsault, Carignan, Mourvedre, Marsanne, Roussane and a few other varietals.
The region of Côtes du Rhône AOC is the largest making up for 2/3 of the overall Rhône production.
Other well-known wine regions in Southern Rhône are:
- Beaumes de Venise