Reasons to Rhône: primary red varietals

In this post, we will explore the primary red Rhône grape varieties, as well as the distinct features of each grape. Be sure to stop by The Rhône Room this weekend to sip and learn more about Rhône wines!

The Rhône Valley is home to seven primary grape varieties. The red varieties include Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault. The white varieties include Viognier, Marsanne, and Roussanne. Today, we will be detailing the primary red varietals that make up the Rhône wines we all love and enjoy!


Grenache is one of the most grown grapes in the Rhône Valley. Today, Grenache vineyards can be found in an array of countries, including Italy, Greece, Portugal, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, California, Argentina, and Australia - just to name a few.

This varietal carries with it a wide range of distinct flavors. In the glass it is full of both flavor and roundness. In rosé versions, Grenache can be described as pale, silky on the palate, and loaded with fruit flavors such as strawberry, black cherry, and raspberry. In red wines, it has a fullness to it alongside flavors of blackcurrant, rich spices, oregano, lavender, and tobacco.

The Grenache grape is one of the easiest to identify on the vine. It is tough, with a thick blue skin. The grapes grow in large clusters on the vine with smooth bright green, round leaves.