M. Chapoutier offers a wine school, or “L’Ecole”, a manifestation of the winery’s commitment to knowledge and quality.
M. Chapoutier’s commitment to biodynamic winemaking requires a deep understanding of the region’s terroir, and practices that respect the natural balance of the land.
Since 1996, the winery has included Braille on their labels, which sets them apart.
Jeremy and Michelle sample some of the latest offerings at M. Chapoutier’s store in Tain L’Hermitage.
These classic trucks are among the many reminders of M. Chapoutier’s long history in the Rhône Valley.
The Chapoutier family can trace its roots in the Rhône Valley back to 1808. However, the actual wine business was established in 1879.
Marius Chapoutier decided to begin making wines with his own grapes after tasting wines by other winemakers who were using his grapes, and deciding that something was “lost in translation”.
Marius Chapoutier’s controversial decision to make wine from his own fruit is what provided the capital for M. Chapoutier to expand into the winery it is today.
Vineyards cover the hillsides that surround Tain L’Hermitage.
M. Chapoutier is deeply committed to organic grape-growing, allowing the terroir to come forth authentically in their wines.
Rose bushes are planted in the vineyards to protect the vines from certain mildews. Since they are susceptible to the same mildews, the roses act as an early warning that the mildew might be present.
Marius Chapoutier made history in the Rhône Valley when he became the first winemaker to vinify his own fruit.
The grapes grow on steep slopes which look down onto the beautiful town of Tain L’Hermitage, along the Rhône River.
Jeremy and Michelle tour the hillside vineyards.
Although blends are common in this area of the Rhône Valley, M. Chapoutier has a preference for single-variety wines (wines made from one type of grape).
Marius Chapoutier knew that he had purchased prime vineyards and had great faith in the potential of his grapes to make world-class wines.
When the weather is clear, one can see for miles past Tain L'Hermitage and the river.
The Chapel of St. Christopher sits on the hillside, watching over the vineyards.
St. Christopher's Chapel is like a window into the long history of this region.
The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking, especially when the clouds part and the sunshine illuminates the town and the Rhône River.