The Cave of St Sornin is a co-operative wine producer in the Charente and our closest winery in France. I visited it in September this year and took a few photographs. (Cave, the "a" pronounced with a long "ah", is French for cellar - or cave)
Located on one of the paths of the pilgrims of Saint Jacques de Compostela, the vineyards of Saint Sornin in Charente Perigord, are one of the oldest vineyards in France. The company does tours of the wine production facility by arrangement and you can buy St. Sornin wines afterwards in the shop.
Started in 1967, the wine co-operative's main business is wine from the Wine Country Charentais. i.e. the Charente department. I understand this is the only winery that produces 100% Charentais wines. They also sell cognac and the charentais speciality Pineau, plus a few other local specialties such as slippers, jams and pates. Pineau is a 50:50 mixture of cognac and white wine and many local people produce their own for home consumption - the quality varies!!!
There is, of course, tasting. I am not very good at this, as I heartily dislike spitting wine out! What a waste!
The decor is a reminder of the local heritage; there are many prehistoric caves and sites in the region.
You can even buy wine and your slippers at the same time, these are of course the famous Charentaise Slippers
This barrel was beautifully painted, but no matter how I tried, I could not get a photo without the glare of the lights!