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Hermitage

Located nearly in the geographic north-south centre of the Rhone Valley, the region of Hermitage, which is essentially the vines grown mostly on the southern side of the hill of Hermitage, is perhaps the smallest 'important' AOC or commune in France, with around 140 hectares of vines planted.hermitage.jpg

Shiraz is king here.  In fact, many consider Hermitage to be the most important region in the world for Shiraz, notwithstanding its excellence in such regions as Cote-Rotie, the Barossa Valley and many others.  Small amounts of two white varieties, Marsanne and Roussanne, are also grown on Hermitage, but no other red varieties.

Whilst wine has been made in Hermitage for many centuries, and was considered amongst the greatest of all French wine in the 17th century, by the late 19th and first half of the 20th century Hermitage was often reduced to merely being an 'enhancing' wine, blended in (illegally) to Bordeaux and Burgundy wines seemingly lacking vitality.

Today, both the reds and whites of Hermitage are rightly considered amongst the world's finest wines, being sought after by collectors and consumers the world over.

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