The Crozes-Hermitage vineyards are the largest of the Northern Appellation vineyards. They cover 11 communes on the right bank of the Rhône, located in the Drôme. In the North, the soils are a continuation of the granite slopes of the Hermitage; in the South, they are a glacio-fluvial alluviam with terraces bearing the rounded stones of the Rhône, or of loess.
Crozes-Hermitage was consecrated Local A.O.C. in 1937. The wines are made from Syrah for the red (possibly a maximum of 15% Marsanne or Roussanne), Marsanne et Roussanne for the whites.
An experimental area was created in order to carry out tests on the behaviour of the Syrah grape variety (support of grafts, improving methods of working with the vines) in order to better optimise the wines resulting from this grape variety.
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