The Rhône Valley is the oldest wine region in France. The wine tradition dates back to 600 BC when the Greeks cultivated wine here. The production area extends along the banks of the Rhône and is about 200 km long. The area is bordered on the north by Vienne and on the south by the Mediterranean Sea. A distinction is made between a northern and a southern Rhône area. In the northern area, almost all vineyards are located on the west bank, with the exception of Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage. The Rhône valley is narrow here and the slopes on which the vineyards lie are particularly steep. Great wines are made here such as Hermitage and the Côte Rôtie. Solid wines with a lot of body and often clearly present acidity. The southern Rhône region lies south of this and extends to the Mediterranean Sea.
This southern area accounts for 80% of the total wine production in the entire Rhône Valley and red wine makes up the bulk of the production. The most famous area here is Châteauneuf-du-Pape where no fewer than 14 different grape varieties may be used for the wine. In the northern area, the Syrah grape is most dominant and in the southern area, the Grenache Noir. Viognier, Roussanne and Marsanne are mainly used for the white wine.
Le Connaisseur sells a wide range of French Rhône wines from the famous Rhône region among which Chapoutier, Guigal, Perrin and Chateau Beaucastel.