The northern part is characterized by its vertiginous hills and its granitic soils. Syrah (Shyraz) reigns supreme and produces intense, robust and deep blue colored fine wine, while Viognier (Condrieu) brings delicacy and smoothness to white wines. The most prestigious appellations areCôte-Rôtie,Hermitage, Condrieu and Cornas.
The southern part of Rhône Valley is the land where Syrah move on to Grenache under a generous sun. Here are vinified the well-known fine wines ofChâteauneuf-du-pape.