THE RHONE RANGERS: ADVANCING THE KNOWLEDGE AND ENJOYMENT OF RHONE WINES PRODUCED IN AMERICA
The Rhone Rangers is America's leading non-profit organization dedicated to promoting American Rhone varietal wines. American Rhone-style wines are made from the same grapes that have flourished for centuries in France’s Rhone River Valley, and their growing popularity in the United States speaks to their versatility with food, wide range of rich flavors, and to the skills of American winemakers.
Our mission is to educate the public on Rhone varietal wine grapes grown in America and to promote the production and enjoyment of these wines, with emphasis on integration into our daily lives. For a wine to qualify as a “Rhone Rangers” wine, the winery must be a member of the organization and 75% of the wine’s content must include one or more of the twenty-two traditional Rhone grape varieties as approved by the French government for the wines of the Cotes du Rhone (including Petite Sirah/Durif).
The resources on our site including our database of winery members and the grapes they grow, our educational materials, and our listing of member winery events. And whatever your affiliation to Rhone varietal wines – winery, grower, supplier or consumer – consider becoming a Rhone Rangers member to gain access to other wineries, wines, and resources dedicated to these terrific grape varieties.
You can also read about Rhone varietals in the news, as well as recent press accounts of Rhone Rangers tastings.
In France's Rhone Valley, twenty-two traditional grape varieties may be grown. Twelve of these grapes are planted in the United States, including the best-known Syrah and Viognier, the up and coming Mourvèdre, Grenache, Roussanne and Marsanne, and the truly obscure (but delicious) Counoise, Cinsaut, Grenache Blanc and Picpoul. Plus Petite Sirah, whose parentage places it clearly in the Rhone. Perhaps most exciting, most of these grapes play well with others, and most Rhone Rangers wineries produce blends as well as single-varietal wines.
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Rhone Ranger Grapes
We have pictures and descriptions of all the principal Rhone Rangers grapes, and you can download PDF sheets of the principal red and white Rhone varietals.
Rhone Ranger Member Wineries
Want to find a Rhone Ranger near you? Discover which wineries make a Syrah from Mendocino County? Or discover wine tours in the Central Coast? Visit our searchable member database!
Rhone Ranger Events
The Rhone Rangers holds tastings around the country, some open to the public, some focused for the trade, to spread the word. You can view an overview of Rhone Ranger events, including our annual San Francisco Grand Tasting and our August Los Angeles Tasting.
Rhone Ranger Knowledge
Even if you can't make it to one of our grand tastings, we have compiled lots of information here to help explain these unique and wonderful wines. You can view a Rhone Ranger event "starter kit" or read our most recent quarterly newsletter. View recipes designed to pair with Rhone wines, or read what the press is saying about Rhone Ranger wines. Have other questions, or an event you'd like a Rhone Ranger winery to attend? Let us know!