This is the first in a three-part series on wines from the Northern Rhone. Hermitage wines have a cult-like following by serious oenophiles. Located just south of the city of Lyon, the small Hermitage appellation is situation on a perfectly positioned steep granite hill. Drenched in full afternoon sunlight, this vine-draped slope overlooks the majestic Rhone River which cools during the valley's sizzling summers and provides warmth during its frosty winters. The Hermitage hill is named after a tiny chapel which adorns its crest.