The Rhône Valley takes its name from the river that comes from the Swiss Alps, enters the French territory and flows into the Mediterranean sea, near the city of Marseille. The region is divided into two parts, the Northern Rhone Valley and the Southern Rhone Valley, ideally divided by a strip of land 50 km. The northernmost area is the mother of some of the biggest names in the region and must its glories in two varieties that are on these hills their highest expression: Syrah, red grape, and Viognier, white grape.
The vineyards of Crozes-Hermitage surround the famous hill of Hermitage. The real difference between the two denominations lies mainly in the different nature of the soil passing by the massive presence of extrusion materials (granite chips), a different grain dough, richer and heavily made of sands and clay. Alain Graillot, born int his area, with an history of agrochemical industry engineer, returned to the soil in the mid-80s. Its pragmatic and pure work, biological matrix, involves about twenty hectares of land. In the cellar the approach is characteristic: the use of the whole bunch and stalks, the moderate use of oak barrels (all old, from Burgundy) gives us agile but nice depth wines and with territorial recognition. Graillot is inspiring and supporting of this appellation and its wines are recognized and appreciated by fans and press.