Wednesday, July 19, 2023

19th of July - Tain-L’Hermitage and Touron

Tournon and Tain-l’Hermitage are twin villages situated on opposite sides of the river in the heart of the Côtes du Rhône with wine terraces reaching up from them.

Our day started by crossing the Marc Seguin suspension bridge from Tain-l’Hermitage to stroll around Tournon.  Tournon is a small town presided over by a 10th century castle.  We walked through the Rue de Doux area passing the 14th-century church. 

We then returned over the Marc Seguin suspension bridge to Tain-l’Hermitage to visit the local Chapoutier wine cellar where we tasted one white wine and two red wines including the famous Crozes-Hermitage wine.  Chapoutier wines are organic.  Also, the wine bottle labels include Braille.  The red wines are produced from the Syrah grapes that grow on the steep slopes lining the river.

After the wine tasting we visited the Valrhona chocolate factory shop where we were given samples of the chocolate which is delicious.  I couldn't resist buying some chocolate despite not needing anything else to eat as we are well fed and watered on the cruise.

In the afternoon we continued cruising down the Rhône.  It was lovely just relaxing as it was very hot and yesterday had been very hectic.

This evening it was dinner followed by Sinatra and Buble type music in the lounge.  I even had a brief dance.

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