Château l'Ermitage was founded in the 11th Century by the hermits of Sainte Cécile d'Estagel Abbay. It is situated on the pilgrimage route of Santiago de Compostella. The estate's total surface covers 80 hectares of sunny south facing vineyards, which benefit from the airy Mediterranean climate.
The Chateau L'Ermitage vineyards are situated in the Costières de Nîmes area, close to the Mediterranean - a location which provides optimal, extensive sunshine, with the cooling benefits from freshening sea breezes. This cool marine wind drops summer temperatures from 35°C to 30°C favouring even ripening and water retention in the pebbly soil.
Owner, Jérôme Castillon, restricts the use of oak influence as much as possible and new oak is not used. Grapes are picked early to preserve fruit aromas. The winery is a member of Terra Vitis, a group dedicated to safeguarding the environment and using natural treatments wherever possible and is now moving to full organic certification. Grapes are destemmed before being gently pressed.