Imagine a 15th century monastery. Young Barthélémy ROCHER arrived there to join his uncle, the Canon.
With him, he discovered the art of distilling, first of all, which revealed the flavours of fruit and plants. Then, he imagined macerating fruit and plants, which he had the brilliant idea of sweetening first… for our delight.
As such, the first distillery in France saw the light of day in 1705, during the reign of Louis XIV.
Eight generations followed one another in this building with its ever-so cool cellars and devoted their work to storing beverages, ordered by Grenoble dignitaries for major events (the King’s visits, weddings of the Dauphins de France, etc.).
Brillat-Savarin wrote: “The best liqueurs in France are made in La Côte-Saint-André”.
The tour weaves its way along the walls of the old buildings, an invitation to discover the herbalist dispensary, the 15th century vaulted cellars and the oak macerating vats, the historic room with its accounting books and documents from the past, and the distillery with its copper stills.
The visit is also an invitation to admire two incredible collections:
– antique labels, celebrating, for example “les braves de Napoléon” (Napoleon’s soldiers) or protecting the secret of the “élixir d’abracadabra” (abracadabra elixir).
– a magnificent collection of posters from the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
During your visit, you will also see a display case dedicated to Arquebuse de l’Hermitage and, more particularly, a collection of Arquebuse counterfeits; this vulnerary beverage enjoyed great success around the world, which resulted in it being copied by dozens of other distilleries.
And, to finish off the tour in a delightful way, we invite you to enjoy a taste discovery of syrups for children and aperitifs for adults.
Le Musée des liqueurs
38260 La Côte Saint-André
Tél : + 33 (0)4 74 93 38 10
Fax : + 33 (0)4 74 28 46 73
from Tuesday to Sunday, from 3 pm to 6 pm, from the second Tuesday in July to the end of September (closed 14 July and 15 August),
Sundays and public holidays, from 3 pm to 6 pm, in spring, autumn and winter.
Museum closed in January and February.
For groups :
Guided tour on request from March to December.
In La Côte Saint-André
The Musée Hector Berlioz, the 12th century church, the covered 13th century market halls, the Château Louis XI, the many historic private mansion houses, typical porches and pavilions, the orientation tables (toposcopes) on Sciez Hill.
In the vicinity
– Postman Cheval’s Ideal Palace
– The Château de Virieu
– Le Palais du Chocolat
– 12th century Romanesque church in Marnans
– Le Chemin de fer de la Mure
– Choranche Caves
– Chambaran Nature Reserve
– Lake Paladru Archaeological Museum
Dauphiné… Off the beaten track
Domaine de Bonnevaux (Arzay) – Find out more
In the heart of the Forest of Bonnevaux, Hubert Avril welcomes you to his farm. Through a slideshow you will discover the history of the site when Bonnevaux Abbey existed, through the life of the master glassmakers who occupied the premises.
Bressieux Museum or Castle (Bressieux) – Find out more
Overlooking the Bièvre Valley, the ruins of this 13th century brick-built castle reflect the history of one of the most powerful baronies of the Dauphiné province.
Notre-Dame du Mont Chapel in Gillonnay (Gillonnay) – En savoir plus
A charming little chapel perched high on a hill, which invites you to discover the legend of the Lords of Bressieux.
A few good addresses
– Hôtel de l’Europe, rue de la République – La Côte St-André – + 33 (0)4 74 20 53 10
– Hôtel de France, Place St-André – La Côte St-André – + 33 (0)4 74 20 25 99
– Hôtel Bonnoît 38 980 Viriville – + 33 (0)4 74 20 48 95
– Ma Petite Auberge in Pajay – Tél : + 33 (0)4 74 54 26 06 – Peacefulness, friendliness and gastronomy in surroundings of exceptional natural beauty
– L’auberge des 4 vents in Gillonnay – Tel: + 33 (0)4 74 20 47 39 – Regional specialities and a panoramic view over the Bièvre Valley
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