The ultimate gourmet truffle and wine tour Provence

Written by on July 9, 2020 in Tours in France

Fresh truffles on a plate, just hunted out by a truffle sniffing dog in Provence

There are some foods which epitomise the essence of gastronomic greatness  – truffles are one of them. And good wine is another.

The legendary “black diamonds” of Provence are revered as much top chefs as by local families. They’re added to artistic dishes by master chefs around the world and by keen cooks to enhance the taste of everything from olive oil to scrambled eggs.

The great French 20th century food writer Curnonsky, when asked how he liked his truffles replied “in great quantity Madame. In great quantity.”

These earthy, mysterious and savour delicacies can be found underground in several parts of Provence. And seeking them out to enjoy with the greatest wines is a special experience that you’ll always remember.

Truffle hunting in Provence

Man and his dog digging for truffles in Provence

Unique, exclusive and utterly memorable, truffle hunting takes place in winter when the truffles can be found at their best in Provence. Rhone Wine Holidays unique Truffle and wine tours takes place in February. The weather in the Luberon, Provence is usually mild and dry and often warm enough to dine outdoors wearing a jumper.

When your tour starts with a Champagne greeting – you know it’s not just going to be good, it’s going to be great. For three days you will wine and dine like royalty. Truffle theme Gourmet dinners paired with fine wines, an oyster brunch, lunch with a wine maker and with a truffle hunter. The finest food imaginable. An experience you couldn’t create without the know-how and contacts of your tour hosts Philip and Jude Reddaway. Philip is a high qualified wine master and Jude is a fabulous chef.

From your home base in the iconic wine village of Chateauneuf du Pape where you’ll stay in a beautiful village house, Philip and Jude will organise everything including transport – just sit back and enjoy the scenery, the exquisite wines and the delicious food.

You’ll hunt for the aromatic treasure with a professional truffle hunter and his highly trained dog in the remote hills of the Luberon. Afterwards, enjoy a cookery lesson using truffles and lunch at the truffle hunters home. There’s nothing to beat the taste of fresh truffle in good company.

Highlights of the Truffle & Wine Tour

Wine bottle and glasses on a table in Provence overlooking lush countryside

To compliment your truffles, you’ll visit some of the best vineyards in Rhone Valley including top Chateauneuf du Pape estates. At this time of the year, you’ll be able to enjoy the wine and the area in tranquillity without the tourist crowds.

You’ll visit the famous Richerenches truffle market to see the professional sellers and buyers in action. It’s known as the Truffle capital of the world and is the biggest truffle market in France. Here you can shop for truffle everything – honey, olive oil, butter, cheese, even truffle escargots – what could be more French? And for a lasting memory, they even sell truffle trees you can take home, though you’ll have to wait several years until your own truffles grow.

Take a tour of this medieval village, once a Knights Templar command post, and discover Its pretty cobbled streets  There’s even a truffle and wine museum.

At the end of your 4-day truffle tour, you’ll have immersed your yourself in the gastronomic and cultural heritage of Provence. And, you’ll get to know the Provence of the locals.

Details of the Truffle and Wine Tour here: rhonewineholidays.com/truffle-wine-tour

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