France: Rhône Valley

Around Tain l'Hermitage

The wines of Hermitage, Crozes, Cornas and Saint Joseph
By John Wheeldon

This Guide was last updated on 08 August 2011
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Main towns and villages

Tain l’Hermitage

This is the main town in this micro-region although it is small and not particularly interesting apart from the wonderful views of the Hermitage hill. Its two claims to fame are the wine (and especially the wine fair on the last weekend in February) and Valrhona, one of the best chocolate producers in France (see 'Other Interesting Shops'). The town is based around a busy main street and a square with a good market on Saturday mornings. There is a new and helpful tourist information centre beside the river in the Place du 8 Mai.

Tournon sur Rhône

This is the twin town to Tain l'Hermitage, facing it across the river. They are often referred to as one town: Tain/Tournon. Tournon is a livelier and more picturesque town with winding streets and a wider range of shops. There are excellent views of the hill of Hermitage from Tournon especially from the footbridge which links the two towns (there is a separate road bridge) – this can be found by following the Rue Joseph Péala from the square in Tain.

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