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Tain l’Hermitage, Rhône, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Tain l’Hermitage is the small town that is the centre of the Hermitage appellation in the northern Rhone Valley. It is a twin city with Tournon that lies straight across the Rhone river. The two towns are linked with two bridges, one that is a historic chain bridge and the other is a modern, heavily trafficked bridge. The river is still actively used for transportation with barges.
Tain l’Hermitage lies at the foot of the Hermitage hill, producing the famous Hermitage wines. It is mainly a source for full-bodied spicy red syrah-based wines, but a small quantity of white wine is also made. You will have an excellent view of the vineyards if you cross the river to Tournon.
From the village you can walk up the hill to the Hermitage chapel. You can either walk straight through the vineyards – there is a walking path that takes you up some rather steep slopes – or you can take the road that is not quite as strenuous. In that case you will walk past the co-operative which is an important wine producer in the appellation.
Tain l’Hermitage is not only known for its wines but also for its chocolate. It is the home of Valrhona, the producer of luxury chocolate.
There are a number of other, famous and less famous, appellations in the region: Crozes-Hermitage, Cornas, Saint Peray to mention only the most important.
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Rhone Tain l'Hermitage - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson