The Rhone Meridionale produces from simple AOC Cote Du Rhone to impressive names like Chateauneuf-du-Pape or Gigondas and Vacqueras.
The predominant grape for red wine is Grenache with Mourvedre and Syrah.
The alcohol content tends to be high because the climate is warm and the grapes contain a lot of natural sugar that then turns into alcohol during the fermentation, it is not rare to see a Chateauneuf-du-Pape reach 15° abv or even more.
The high content of sugar in the grapes makes it very often an easy wine to drink and is called a crowd-pleaser.
The white wines would be from a mix of Clairette, Grenache blanc, Marsanne, Roussane and Viognier.
Chateauneuf-du-pape has since 2009 eighteen different grape varieties listed that are authorized but you can safely say that the majority is Grenache noir for the big bold reds. If you would like a cheaper option then Chateauneuf-du-Pape we would recommend looking at Lirac, it has the same style of soil with the famous rolling stones and the price tag is much lower.