The Rhone valley can be split into the northern region, home to the famous wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie grand crus and the south which is famous for Chateauneuf du Pape.
The often dramatic hillside location for the northern Rhone means that the grapes are harvested by hand as machines are unable to access the steep terrains. Syrah is the only grape allowed to make the red wine although the producers are allowed to add up to 20% of white grapes.
The distinctive feature of the vineyards of Chateauneuf du Pape are the large pebble-like stones which dominate surface. The red wines are predominantly made from Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault and Grenache. The syrah grape ages particularly well and we recommend ten years of cellaring from the better vintages in order to allow more complexity to develop in these wines.