The sublime terroir!Since 2015, the Grotte Saint-Marcel has been a natural cellar for ageing wine. Constant temperature and humidity, absolute darkness, CO₂ levels, are all conditions that come together for exceptional wines.
Initiated by the winegrowers of Saint-Marcel d'Ardèche, the oenological project involves ageing their best vintages, mainly red Côtes du Rhône and a "Saint Andéol", in the Grotte Saint Marcel for around two years. Comparative tastings of the same vintages matured in the cellars and in the cave are clear-cut: the wine aged underground has gained in finesse, freshness and minerality; the flavours of spice and fruit are magnified.
An extraordinary sensory experience!
A few figures:🍷 3,000 bottles stored 45m underground
🍷 The largest network in Ardèche, with 64 km of network
🍷 Constant temperature of 14°C
🍷 Humidity: 86%
Several appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) wines are represented: Côtes du Rhône, Côtes du Rhône Villages and Côtes du Rhône Villages Saint-Andéol.
Vino Habilis9 wine estates in Saint-Marcel d'Ardèche mature their wines in the Cave Naturelle des Gorges de l'Ardèche® :
🍷 Cellier des Gorges de l’Ardèche
🍷 Cellier du Moulas
🍷 Domaine des Champs Vermeil
🍷 Domaine du Chapitre
🍷 Domaine de Couron
🍷 Domaine de Cousignac
🍷 Domaine la Pierre Laine
🍷 Domaine Saladin
🍷 Mas de Libian
The Vino-Habilis association brings together the winegrowers taking part in the wine ageing experiment at the bottom of the Grotte Saint-Marcel.
To find out more, visit the shop or the Bistrot de la grotte.