Hermitage wine appellation in the Côtes du Rhône region of France

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Hermitage wine appellation
Wine appellation

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Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Country: France

Hermitage is a leading wine appellation in the Cotes du Rhone region of France that was established in March 1937. Both red and wines are permitted under the rules of the appellation and some white wines can append 'vin de paille' to the label as well.
Vin de Paille is a traditional wine making technique where very ripe grapes are carefully sorted and then left to dry on a bed of straw (straw = paille) for up to two month before wine making commences.
The only red grape permitted in this appellation is Syrah, although red wines can have small amounts of the white grapes Marsanne and Roussanne added provided they do not, together, exceed 15%.
Marsanne and Roussanne are the permitted varieties for white wines including 'vin de paille' whites.

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