The Rhône Valley is France's second largest wine region, covering nearly 200,000 acres of vineyards, from which 6,000 producers bottle more than 37 million cases of wine annually, the vast majority of which is red.
The valley is traditionally divided into two distinct regions: the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. In many ways, they are more different than alike. Even the weather can vary greatly, leading to very different growing seasons. The 2007 vintage is a case in point: challenging in the north, but a resounding success in the south.
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