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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Cave Cooperative de Tain l’Hermitage

Address: 22 Route de Larnage, 26603 Tain l’Hermitage
Tel: 04 75 08 20 87 
Geo-coordinates:  Latitude: 45:4:22N (45.07277)    Longitude: 4:50:39E (4.84410) 

One of the biggest and best wine cooperatives in France, it supplies most of the supermarket own label and négociant Crozes-Hermitage and accounts for 70% of the total Crozes-Hermitage produced and 30% of Hermitage. Quality is good - from the top level wines (Hermitage Gambert de Loche and Crozes-Hermitage Les Hauts de Fief) to good value regular bottlings. You can even buy the famous, but very rare Hermitage Vin de Paille here and a particular tip is that they release a range of old vintages for both Christmas and Fathers Day (June in France) at very reasonable prices. They have also developed a visitor centre “Fief de Gambert” on their Gambert de Loche vineyard on the hill of Hermitage. The restaurant UMIA is excellent (see ’Places to Eat’) and they can organise tutored wine tastings and accompanying meals. Various walking tours are available too. It is situated on the southern end of the hill of Hermitage on the Route de Larnage not far from roundabout at the motorway entrance.

Useful information: Open every day except certain public holidays, no appointment needed. Open Monday – Saturday 09.00-12.30 and 14.00-18.30 (all day 25 May - 31 August). Sundays: 10.00-12.30 and 14.00-18.00. Groups welcome. Some staff speak English.


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