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Cave de Tain was founded in 1933 by Louis Gambert de Loche and is regarded as one of the top cooperatives in France producing wines in five of the prestigious Northern Rhône Crus. Membership now includes 300 grape growers, representing the 4th generation involved in the company.
The climate in the Northern Rhône is Continental with cold wet winters and short warm summers. The cool Mistral wind that funnels down the Rhône Valley can cause damage to vines and grapes. Cave de Tain produce wines across 5 Northern Rhône Crus and all grapes are grown within 15km of the winery, in the town of Tain at the foot of the Hill of Hermitage. The main grape variety grown is the black-skinned Syrah. All of the members' vineyards are certified sustainable.
The modern Cave de Tain winery is overlooked by the prestigious terroir of the Hill of Hermitage. Xavier Frouin has been Head Winemaker since 2005, producing an award-winning range of subtle and pure wines using stainless steel and French oak.