stretches in a semicircle north, east and south around Tain l'Hermitage and the Hermitage
hill. The area is quite large and heterogeneous, and the wine qualities are correspondingly high. Although some of the best wines certainly come from the rather flat region in the south, the best terroirs
are undoubtedly in the north, where the granite
soil of the Hermitage
continues, and the south to south-western sites can have conditions that are at least similar to the legendary Hermitage
islands to the southeast of this also produce remarkable white wines.