The best of France Into the Vineyard 2018

After an intense week of #FranceIntotheVineyard experiences, our four bloggers came back delighted with their journey. Here's an overview of their favourites in the regions and terroirs that have welcomed them. You will soon be able to read more details in the articles they will publish about their unforgettable journey. An adventure to follow!

Auvergne Rhône-Alpes – Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône

Eve's best moment

"I enjoyed many things on this trip. I remember in particular the visit of the Geopark Beaujolais with a 2CV (vintage Citroën car), the generous and delicious meal of the grape pickers at the Emmanuel Fellot estate. I also enjoyed the wines at Terres vivantes, the summer truffle meal with the wines at Domaine de Grangeneuve, and finally the sublime estate of Maison M. Chapoutier and the moment of blind tasting."

Jeff's best moment

"What I remember from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Beaujolais is really a region where people are proud of their product, a place where life is good and peaceful with breathtaking landscapes! The experience of celebrating the end of the harvest at Domaine Emmanuel Fellot was absolutely unique and exceptional. Eating a truffle meal at Domaine Bour with Nathalie was absolutely delightful!"

Occitanie Sud de France (Lot Dordogne) – Cahors Malbec

Benoît 's best moment

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Quel magnifique déjeuner au restaurant Lou Bourdié à Bach, dans le Lot 😁 On se gare près de la charmante petite église de Bach, on se dirige vers l'auberge et tout d'un coup, de magnifiques odeurs viennent chatouiller vos narines. Et là, j'ai tout de suite su qu'on allait passer un grand moment 😃 Monique Valette, cuisinière autodidacte qui a tout appris de sa grand-mère, est derrière les fourneaux et livre une cuisine authentique, généreuse, mettant en vedette les produits locaux 🤤🤤🤤 tels que la truffe ou le canard! Ils offrent même un menu tout truffe! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Established in the small village of Bach, in the Lot region for more than 5 generations, "Lou Bourdié" (Literally "The Farmer" in Occitan language) is a true gem of a restaurant 😃 Monique Valette is a chef that has learnt everything from its grand-mother and you can feel and taste it when you eat there. Her cuisine is so genuine, so generous and truly magnifies local products like duck or truffle 😋😋😋 There is even a special tasting menu made only with truffle! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is the kind of extraordinary restaurant you can only find in the French country 😉 Very happy to discover that place and even more to have met Monique and share with her our passion for authentic cuisine 😊 @francefr @Tourisme_en_occitanie @LotVignoble

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"What I remember from the trip is the food that highlights local products of high quality, the superb Malbec wines of Cahors (AOC), which I got to learn more about despite my previous knowledge of it. And of course I must mention the warm welcome and kindness of the people of the region. There were many good times, but my three favourite moments were my stay at the Château de Mercuès, including the incredible dinner at the table of chef Julien Poisot and the discovery of their great wines, paragliding over the Lot with the breathtaking aerial view of the vineyards and the meeting with Sabine and Jean-Luc Baldès from the Clos Triguedina while cycling through the vineyards."

Stephanie's best moment

"My favorite moment would have to be my visit to Chateau de Mercues, a grand 13th-century castle on a wine estate. Here I had the privilege to meet the owner of the chateau and do a private wine tasting with him, and to dine at their private chef's table at their 1star Michelin restaurant for a remarkable dining experience."

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