De l'Ermite à l'Hermitage

De l'Ermite à l'Hermitage

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Beautiful views over the Rhône Valley and Vivarias hillsides.

2 points of interest

  • Years ago Romans established themselves on the hillside of Tain (Tegna). To honour their gods they slaughtered a bull at the sacrificial altar of Taurobole that now stands with its bull’s head on Taurabole square in the town.
  • Côtes du Rhône Crozes Hermitage, Hermitage et Saint Joseph AOC wines

    This is a traditional wine-growing country going as far back as Antiquity. Drôme des Collines, Valence and Vivarais areas possess three famous northern Côtes du Rhône vintage wines that are currently turning to an organic production : l'Hermitage, Crozes Hermitage and Saint Joseph. Whereas Crozes Hermitage makes white wines suggesting honey and almond flavours and reds with notes of red fruit and spices, Hermitage red wines offer strength together with delicacy, their whites are more full and round and its straw wine is considered to be one of the greatest French wines. Then there’s the Saint Joseph with its notes of pepper and spices coming from the Syrah variety or the flowery aromas like acacia in its authentic and clear white wines. These three areas have become a wine-tourism destination called "d'Hermitage en Saint Joseph", and carrying the well-known label "Vignobles et Découvertes". The latter offers package tours including accommodation, food and meals, visiting wineries and tasting, museums, various venues….)


Go up the road Bois de l’Europe going round the park then under the railway bridge. Turn right onto the path Hermitage

1 - Chemin de l'Hermitage - 125 m
Carry on opposite until you get to the Cave de Tain. Go up the D241 for about 200m. On the bend between small stone walls, a paved path takes you up along a vineyard. Quite a distance on, just before the end of the stone wall on the left (opposite an opening in the wall), follow the path going down into a gulley. Continue and go under a rock shelter before an uphill path takes you through undergrowth and past vineyards.

2 - L'Hermite - 239 m
Turn left at the junction. The road soon becomes a track. Go past the houses and down through the vineyard along a water retention pond (go round the left side) After a few metres on your right a red square sign indicates the beginning of a windy narrow, downhill path towards vines. Careful going down, the path is narrow and sometimes slippy. Further down there are two cabins : go towards the one on the right and turn left onto a wide path with paving stones a little further on until you get to the road.

1 - Chemin de l'Hermitage - 120 m
Turn right and retrace the route back to the starting point.
  • Departure : Tain l'Hermitage - Market square(Velodis)
  • Arrival : Tain l'Hermitage - Market square(Velodis)
  • Towns crossed : Tain-l'Hermitage and Crozes-Hermitage

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Information desks

6, place du 8 mai 1945 - BP 70019, 26601 Tain l'Hermitage

http://www.ardeche-hermitage.cominfo@ah-tourisme.com04 75 06 06 12


Bus route N° 4 Valence - Tain l'Hermitage - Serves sur Rhône

Access and parking

Follow the N7 from Valence towards Lyon as far as Tain l'Hermitage.

Parking :

Market Square (Vélodis)

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