There’s far more to the Côtes du Rhône than the familiar, value-driven reds that have become easy-drinking favorites in the U.S. The region has more than 2,000 years of winemaking heritage, spanning a compelling range of terroirs. From everyday favorites to world-class specialties in all colors, the Côtes du Rhône is filled with surprises.
Stretching 200 kilometers and encompassing 171 villages, the Côtes du Rhône region follows the Rhône River as it courses through exceptionally diverse and demanding terroirs. From dramatic terraces across sloped hillsides, to alluvial plains, vines here thrive in a mosaic of soils. Whether sand, limestone, clay, or the region’s famed galets (or large rolled stones), these soils lend individual character to the wide range of Côtes du Rhône wines.
The ancient Romans planted vines on terraces in what is now Côtes du Rhône as early as 125 B.C., setting a legacy of viticulture into motion. In the 14th century, the area’s wines were favored by the Avignon papacy. Today, more than 5,000 winemakers and merchants build on these traditions with hard work, careful expertise, and a lighthearted spirit, harnessing the Côtes du Rhône’s abundant sunshine and fierce Mistral wind to craft distinctive and richly flavored wines.
While red wines may have propelled Côtes du Rhône into the spotlight, the region’s white and rosé wines combine full, rich flavors with surprising freshness. This balance allows Côtes du Rhône wines to complement food exceptionally well. Try a textured white with festive turkey, a structured rosé to match roasted duck or fresh shellfish, or an earthy red to accompany braised lamb, brisket or prime rib. Whatever you’re serving, Côtes du Rhône has a food-friendly option to discover and enjoy throughout the season.
No matter what type of drinker you are, Côtes du Rhône wines will deliver their promises for any occasion and have something to charm all palates!