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Ultimate Guide to the Rhone Valley Wine Region

Rhone Valley Wine Region History and Culture

As its name implies, the Rhône Valley wine region sits in the valley of the Rhône River. And though the region started producing wines more than 2,000 years ago, this little area remained largely under the radar until approximately 30 years ago[source: Berberoglu].

For almost a millennium, the Syrah and Viognier grapes, for which the Rhône Valley region is now famous for, sat and withered. Then, in the 13th century, wine production picked back up when the Pope at Avignon began producing wine [source: Châteauneuf]. Today, wine continues to be a key product of the Rhône Valley region

Often overshadowed by its more-famous neighboring wine regions, Bourgogne and Bordeaux, the Rhône Valley region finally started to get some much-deserved attention. Between the 1960s and 1980s, outsiders began discovering the delight of the region's wines, bringing about its current success and popularity [source: Di Wine Taste]. As with many regions of France, the culture's focus is on great food -- to be paired, of course, with great wine.

Check out the next page to discover how the Rhône Valley region's agriculture allows wine lovers to delight in a variety of Appellation d'Origine Controlee (AOC) wines.