Rhone Valley Region
Because the long region runs north to south along the river's path, there are two separate sub-regions. The northern of the two are greatly affected by the Massif Central mountain range, and this the soil is tougher and the temperature swings are greater from season to season. The southern sub-region, on the other hand, is generally more mild throughout the year, but daily temperature swings are a factor in the terroir; its pebbly soil helps to retain the heat of the day to protect the vines at night.
The Cotes du Rhone classification is popular worldwide; surely you've seen this on your own wine store shelves, and there are great deals to be had with these labels, particularly the Cote du Rhone AOC. If you see “ Cotes du Rhone” on the label along with the words “Villages AOC” and a village name – for example, Saint-Gervais or Laudun – then you're in for a real treat, as these are a cut above your average Rhone wines. But the highest level also known as the “crus,” will simply be a village name and the acronym AOC, which stands for appellation d'origine contrôlée. A good example of this is the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC; it is a Rhone Valley wine, but its name is enough as to not need further explanation on its label.
Tours & Tickets
Visit two stunning Provencal towns and a winery on this full-day tour from Aix-en-Provence! Start your day at leisure in Les Baux de Provence, admiring the ... Read more
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Discover the appeal of Rhône Valley wines on this half-day tour from Avignon, led by an expert wine guide! Visiting two wine estates in Rhône ... Read more
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
Discover the delights of Provence on this full-day tour from Marseille, and enjoy scenic countryside, heritage and history, and fine wines! With an expert ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
On this private wine tour from Avignon, admire the beauty of Provence as you travel to the famous wine villages of Tavel and Chateauneuf-du-Pape for wine ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Sample exquisite wines from the Rhône Valley region on a full-day wine trip from Avignon! With a wine expert guide at your side, tour the cellars of a ... Read more
Duration: 9 - 10 hours