In the hillsides of Hermitage, on the Petit Train des Vignes (Little Vineyards Train)
Visit one of the most beautiful wineries of the world on the Petit Train des Vignes de l’Hermitage. It rides along the famous route des vins des Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales. A 45 minutes stroll, taking you from the center of the village of Tain to the Colline de L’Hermitage and its legendary hillsides. These vineyards are the cradle of an exceptional appellation, internationally recognized : l’Hermitage. A smooth ascent to enjoy the panorama and the meanders of the Rhone river revealing at the bottom of these stunning terraced vineyards, a thrilling landscape. Thanks to the commented visit, get to know the Tournon family, the Sterimberg knight… These iconic characters were the first ambassadors of this wine region. A surprising stroll to discover your wine tour in the Rhône Valley, very different from the traditional village tour!
Discover the link between vineyards and biodiversity
Visit a biodiversity area, located in the heart of the Domaine Michelas St Jemms and discover the close link between vineyard and the surrounding ecosystem. Certified High Environmental Value since 2014, the Maison Michelas reasserts its commitment by creating a biodiversity area in 2017. The diversity of species plays a significant role in the vine development. It allows a natural regulation of species and thus to fight against some pests. This biodiversity area is also an educational tour for those interested to learn more about the vineyards and their environment. Discover this one-hectare plot with a guided tour: the tour circuit is guided with explanatory signs and an orientation table. Educational booklets are available for children to enjoy a fun family moment. The visit continues with a flavorful tasting of the domain’s wine. Foodies: book your picnic basket made with local and seasonal products for lunch.
A stroll in the heart of the vineyards and a tasting
You can wander into the middle of the vine plants. Go discover the Saint Joseph and Hermitage hillsides almost effortlessly. Meet terroir aficionados who know perfectly the meaning of sharing. These strolls are a friendly moment of discovery into the heart of our vineyards of the Rhône Valley.
Fabien, sommelier, guides through the vineyards discovery with electrically assisted cycles
Meet Fabien Louis, at « Des Terrasses du Rhône au Sommelier », the place to be for wine lovers but also for curious to learn more about our terroirs. Indeed, Fabien offers a vineyards discovery biking tour with electrically assisted cycles. A tour accessible to everyone! No need to be a fine connoisseur to enjoy listening to the knowledge of this passionate sommelier who adapts his talk to all. The best thing is his three-wheeled bike full of delicacies and a few local wines to savor (with moderation) along the stroll.
The vineyards of Tain l’Hermitage with « Terres de Syrah », Buggy style
An original discovery in the Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage vineyards thanks to a Buggy (CanAm 800 cc Maverick Trail – for connoisseurs). Follow the guide! Jeff from Easy buggy will guide you and teach you how to drive these motorized vehicles. Comfortable, safe and very easy to drive with their automatic transmission and their 4 drive wheels, you get to like it very quickly. On the road and on the pathways, big thrills are guaranteed! Admire the iconic vineyard landscapes of the Rhône Valley. On the way back, enjoy a tasting animated by the wine experts from the Cave de Tain.
Meet our certified « Vignobles & Découvertes » wine-growers
Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage : 3 appellations of the Côtes du Rhône Septentrionales that built the reputation of this terroir. Our destination counts more than 72 wine-growers including 17 that are certified “Vignobles & Découvertes” (national certification). This underlines the high quality of their services, a sensitivity to the world of tourism and a true sense of hospitality. Independent wine-growers, cooperative cellars and great “Maisons” offer different experiences : tastings, winery discovery, visit of vineyards, workshops and events all along the year… Meet talented men and women, proud of their region, producing excellent wines. Wine lovers who share their love for their work, always happy to share their knowledge. Fun visits, gourmet tastings, sensible advice and friendly moments are what your experience will be made of during your wine tour in the Rhône Valley.
To sleep in the heart of the vineyards
Take the experience a bit further by spending the night in the middle of the Syrah vine plants! Surprising places to stay, cottages, bed and breakfast, choose the accommodation that suits you.
Fun nights to enjoy without moderation this time.
Spend the night in a barrel, what do you think?
What a story, Diogène’s, Bacchus’. No, just a trip with friends or a romantic stay in the middle of the Crozes-Hermitage vineyards.
Right next to it: the bed and breakfast, la Ferme des Denis, with the authentic charm of a house made from pebbles from the Rhône. The little plus? Their gourmet breakfast, 100% homemade, bread, jam, fruit juice…
A cottage in the vineyard by Maison CHAPOUTIER
As a couple, family or with friends, come and stay at the cottage Maison CHAPOUTIER, located in the middle of their vineyard. An exceptional place in the Hermitage and Saint Joseph hillsides, cottage with all comfort and with the option to have a filled cellar, a great plus for wine lovers! “Les granits”, “la Tour du Pavillon”, “l’Hermite”, from 2 to 11 people, each of these cottages and its refined decoration seduces by the tranquility of their location not to mention the stunning panoramas.
The vinyard room – The Tinal de l’Hermitage
A bed and breakfast, between vines and orchards, the Tinal de l’Hermitage seduces all those who sleep there! The Vine and Wine room will probably be your favourite if your are a great vintage amateur. Berrels, vines, leaves, bunch, it’s all there. Outside enjoy the pool and bocce court for relaxing and friendly moments. Geraldine always welcomes you warmly with her excellent cakes served at breakfast.
The vine modifies the Ardèche Hermitage landscape, from the winter sobriety to the summer’s prosperity, and you can enjoy our wines any season of the year. In order to prepare your wine tour in the Rhône Valley, ask for the enlightened advice of the destination experts of Ardèche Hermitage. Discover the several discoveries to be made for all Côtes du Rhône amateurs:
The Salon des vins de Tain, les Accords Mai & Vins, the fascinating week-end « Vignobles & Découvertes », …
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