Marsanne is a white grape originally from the Rhone Valley. It is found in Switzerland, where it is known as Hermitage Blanc or Hermitage, apart from in Australia (Victoria) and the USA (California and Washington). It is also known as Grosse Roussette in Savoy. In the north east of Spain they call it Marsana. Along with the Roussanne, it is part of the Hermitage AOC, and produces wines with aromas and flavours of nuts and almonds, spices and pears. In the U.S. there is a growing tendency to consume these wines young, in their varietal form.