Since the 19th century, CHERRY ROCHER directly cultivates a vast orchard of 6,000 cherry trees of several varieties at the heart of the Ardèche region.
Our in-depth arboriculture experience is beneficial for selecting raw materials purchased from different production areas. This ensures the origin and quality of all our products.
Although they are known by different names like Bigarreaux (Royal Ann), Guignes (geans), Merises (wild cherries) or Griottes (Morello cherries), Amarelles (sour cherries) or Montmorency, cherries all belong to the Rosaceae family.
There are over 600 varieties in the world and they are classified according to two botanical origins :
The sweet cherry tree is of European origin. It is also known as wild cherry tree or gean cherry tree.
These trees produce many varieties of cherry :
Cherries all have charming names. For example: Pigeon Heart, Hatif Burlat, Napoleon, Reverchon, Géant d’Hedelfingen, Early Rivers, Stella, etc.
Cherry Rocher uses the Géant d’Hedelfingen, with its exquisite dark purple robe, for its lingering and potent aromatic notes.
Our sour cherries are selected from Prunus cerasus trees, which grow wild around the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea.
During the Middle Ages, cherry trees developed greatly in Germany and in England where, in 1640, over 24 varieties existed.
Sour cherries, which are rich in vitamin A, grow on trees that are smaller in size and have ramified branches and greener foliage. These cherries are the ones used more frequently for creating liqueurs and eaux-de-vie.
More than 300 varieties exist, including :
Cherry Rocher has selected no less than 7 varieties for making the best products :
The cellar master’s art consists in creating with the aromatic notes of these different varieties and the distinctive characteristics of each harvest, to offer you Cherry Rocher’s high quality.