The largest of the northern
Côtes du Rhône appellations
Straddling the 45th parallel, along the left bank of the Rhone, the Crozes-Hermitage appellation area covers 11 localities in the uplands of Drôme. With 1,650 hectares under vine, it is the largest of the northern Côtes du Rhône appellations.
With nearly 1,650 hectares under vine, the Crozes-Hermitage appellation is the most extensive of the northern Côtes du Rhône growths. True sense of place is exuded along the left bank of the Rhone. In the north, vineyards are rooted in the granite hillsides following on from the much-lauded Hermitage hill. In the south, the history of the river is mirrored in the soil types with their glaciofluvial deposits or Rhone pebbles.
The appellation dates back to 1937 and initially referred to the village of Crozes-Hermitage. The designated area was extended in 1952 to include neighbouring localities: Érôme, Serves-sur-Rhône, Gervans, Larnage, Tain-l’Hermitage, Mercurol, Chanos-Curson, Beaumont-Monteux, La Roche-de-Glun and Pont-de-l’Isère, bringing the total number of localities in the appellation area up to 11.