You probably think you’ve got a pretty good idea of the wines of the Rhone valley, but given the size of the region and it’s geograpical diversity, there is a damn sight more to the wines than just Chateauneuf-de-Papes.
Starting from Cote Rotie in the North and following the river down through the winemaking hubs of Condrieu, Tain, and Valence, the Northern Rhone manages to be home to the very finest Shiraz in the world (sorry Australia). It also manages to produce some rather nice Viognier.
The flatter, warmer South is the Industrial heartland that produces softer, more approachable, competitively priced Grenache based blends. The towns of Lirac, Gigondas, Cairraine & Vaqueyras offer really open, chewy reds that give their New World counterparts a run for their money.