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This production facility is so named because its famous cellars were built in 1892 by the Violet brothers to make Byrrh, their successful aromatised wine brand which is still made here.
The cellars are home to one of the world’s largest oak vats – which formerly held 1,000,200 litres of wine and took 15 years to construct. Since 1960 these cellars have also become the home of other famous aperitif wines including Dubonnet Red and Ambassadeur, along with Suze and Soho liqueurs. In 2013, Caves Byrrh also became home to Pernod Absinthe when a new alembic still was installed and the new Distillerie Henri-Louis Pernod established here.
Situated in the southern French town of Thuir (pronounced ‘Tr-ee-ah’), when the Violet family constructed their factory they sort to meet the then huge demand for their Byrrh aromatised wine so built a huge facility. They also hired Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the French civil engineer and architect famous for designing the Eiffel Tower, to design a vast station hall which received goods trains until 1989 and remains a magnificent example of industrial architecture.
The town of Thuir lies some 13 km Southwest of Perpignan in the foothills of the Pyrenees. The area is picturesque with picture postcard hillside villages such as Eus perched amongst the hilly countryside. It’s an agricultural area particularly noted for Côtes du Roussillon wine and its fruit orchards with the nearby Pépinières Bachès run by Bénédicte & Michel Bachès nursery being world renowned for its hundreds of varieties of citrus, including finger limes, also known as ‘lime caviar’.