Foodie&Tours Provence

Discover the charming Southeastern region of France by tasting your way through the local culinary scene. Explore traditional Provencal cuisine with Paul, who is a passionate guide. You will experience Provence cuisine at its finest, through cooking classes and tours, featuring their rustic and artisanal food culture. 

Chateau Fontvert September 2017 Grape Harvest

The end of September is approaching. These upcoming fall months welcome festive holidays and cold nights. Fall weather bears brisk air and dark evenings, perfect for sipping wine among a warm fire and close friends. This time of year also brings new clusters of grapes, emerging among long mesmerizing vineyards. At this time, grapes are ready for harvest and stored to be aged for long amounts of time developing a satisfying flavor. 

My mornings in Provence begin early during grape harvest season. I rise at 5:30 AM and start off with a double espresso and two fried eggs to give me the energy I need for the day. I enjoy my drive to Lourmarin, taking in breathtaking views of early morning sun rays illuminating the main square of La Place de la Mairie. At this plaza, I pick up a fresh and flakey croissant from Lauris Bakery to eat at the Chateau Fontvert Vineyard for my mid-morning snack. 

La Place de la Mairie

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Tasting Wine in Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence, the city of Paul Cezanne has numerous bars and restaurants in which to enjoy a glass of wine. From late spring to early autumn, the summer terraces bloom all around the city centre, offering a perfect place to sip a refreshing glass of rosé. Here are my three favourite places to taste wine in Aix-en-Provence, other than the common Provence rosé found in most restaurants:

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Breathtaking Views of Avignon

Famous around the planet for its festival, namesake bridge and its dancefloors, this ancient capital of Christianity is also a city with an inestimable architectural heritage. The historical centre of Avignon, which includes the Palais des Papes, the Cathedral, and the Pont d’Avignon, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995. The medieval monuments and the annual Festival d’Avignon have helped make the town a major centre for tourism.

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A Culinary Day in Provence

For the past 25 years, the creators of flavour have met in the small village of Chateauneuf-le-Rouge, south of Aix-en-Provence, to pay tribute to the cuisine of France and Provence. Virtuosos of gastronomy, renowned throughout the region, these exceptional chefs offer visitors a unique opportunity. So this event allows foodies to taste refined dishes from their gourmet kitchens, making their work accessible to the public.

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Meet Paul Griffon, Ambassador and Lead Guide at Foodie&Tours Provence

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I grew up between city life in Paris and the countryside of Provence. My grandfather renewed a 500-year-old traditional farm house surrounded by olives trees, just 10 minutes from Lourmarin in Puget-sur-Durance. Here we produce around 400 liters of olive oil each year. The harvest takes place in November during a reunion of family and friends.

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