The Hermitage region of France lies above the Rhône river around the town of Tain L’Hermitage. It is a famous steep granite hill that faces south west into the sun. The vines are mainly Syrah, producing a rich and powerful red that is often aged for up to 40 years. The small quantity of white wine comes from the Rousanne and Marsanne grapes which again may be aged for up to 15 years. The region is small only about 345 acres producing about 730,000 bottles but it fame precedes it with a long history and a name for superb wines from reknown producers such as Chapoutier, Paul Jaboulet Aine and E Guigal.