(Rone) - Great French wine region along the river of the same name. Best known for hearty red wines based on Syrah, Grenache and others, with a wine history certainly going back to the 14th Century, and at least by local legend, to the Romans.
South of Lyons, vineyards are planted throughout the Rhône Valley. The wines run from light and fruity to full-bodied with big spicy flavors. Among the valley's best-known regions are: Côte-Rôtie, Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône-Villages, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel, Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise, and Côtes du Ventoux.
The Rhone, formerly known as Gilroy, was a 1,768 ton, iron sailing ship with a length of 259.2 feet, breadth of 39.9 feet and depth of 23.2 feet. She was built by John Elder of Glasgow, Scotland in 1875 for Gilroy, Sons & Company of Dundee. The Nourse Line bought the ship in 1889 and renamed it the Rhone after the River Rhone after one of the major rivers of Europe, running through Switzerland and France.