Visit the Caves et Distillerie de la Chartreuse in Voiron and not just for the complimentary liqueur tasting at the end.
First off visit the permanent expo about the Chartreuse liqueur, the Monks and the distribution throughout the world while waiting for the guided tour of the ageing and storage cellars. Which are the most extensive liqueur cellars in the world. Unfortunately, the guided tour is only in French, they do have a pamphlet in English at the front desk that helps to understand a minimum, just visiting with your eyes is nice. The tour ends with a 3D movie which tells the story of how the Chartreuse monks have survived for over 900 years in the same area. The name Chartreuse comes from the mountain range in which it is nestled.
The recipe for this “elixir de longue vie” (substance for a long life) has been kept a secret for over 400 years, only a handful of monks know the true composition of 130 different plants used.
Caves de la Chartreuse: 10 Bd Edgar-Kofler – 38500 VOIRON
The tour and tasting are free.
March 26th – November 1st
Open every day even on holidays from 9:30 – 11:00am (last tour at 11:00) & 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
July – August
Open every day even on holidays from 9:30 – 11:00am (last tour at 11:30) & 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
November 2nd – March 25th
Open Monday – Friday 9:30 – 11:00am (last tour at 11:00) & 2:00pm – 5:30pm
Closed Saturday, Sunday and Holidays.
On your way there or back from Chambery or Aix-les-Bains, please make the effort to visit La Grande Chartreuse. Founded by St Bruno in 1084, you can tour the museum of the Monastery to get insight on their manner of living, their faith, their 900 years of history and the Great Silence of the Chartreuse Monks.
Musée de la Grande Chartreuse La Correrie 38380 St Pierre de Chartreuse.
Open April everyday 1:30pm – 6:00pm.
May – September everyday 10:00am – 6:30pm.
October – November during the week 1:30pm – 6:00pm and weekends 10:00am – 6:00pm.
Entrée and Audio guide in 9 languages: Adult 8€50; Children 3€90; Family rate 2 Adults and 2/3 children 21€40.
Please check out the article The history of the Chartreuse in our To Know setion.