Part 1: An Introduction to Côtes du Rhône AOC

Experience the storied wine of the South of France

Posted by Evan Muday on 2023 September 09

The Côtes du Rhône region, nestled in the heart of France's Rhône Valley, is renowned for producing some of the country's most accessible and enjoyable wines. If you've ever sipped a wine from this region, you've likely tasted the signature blend of grape varieties that make Côtes du Rhône wines so distinctive. While there are many grapes used in the region, the dominant ones are Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Imagine savoring a glass filled with warm, fruity aromas, a hint of spice, and a velvety texture – that's the quintessential Côtes du Rhône experience.

The region's winemaking history is as rich as its wines. The ancient Romans are believed to have planted the first vineyards here over two millennia ago. Over time, the region has carefully honed its craft, balancing tradition with innovation. The unique combination of the valley's varied soils, its Mediterranean climate, and the dedication of its winemakers, results in wines that are both complex and harmonious.

For those who love exploring different wine styles, Côtes du Rhône offers a delightful range. From light and fresh whites, and rosés that sing of summer, to robust and full-bodied reds, there's a Côtes du Rhône wine for every palate and occasion. So, the next time you're looking for a versatile and flavorful wine to accompany your meal or to enjoy on its own, consider the timeless charm of Côtes du Rhône. Cheers!

Editors note: We will be writing about specific vineyards and winemakers in the future and this article serves as the first of a multi-part series.