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GASTRONOMY AND VINEYARDS OF FRANCE

No matter how, a trip to France should involve fine gastronomy and wine ! This is why we are famous abroad, so let us show you that this is not an urban myth !

A ride in the countryside will be, in almost every region of the country, a way to discover vineyards and local products.
However, we selected a few rides during which gastronomy and wine play a big part...

More information about French gastronomy and wine - click here !

Click on the region you are looking for on the map on the right or check our rides below !


Ride in Loire Valley

Also known in French as the "Jardin de la France" (the Garden of France) , the Loire Valley, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, has won this recognition because of its astonishing castles and sweet gastronomy with famous wines and cheeses


Ride in Allier

Gourmet restaurant in the Bourbonnaise tradition. Experience the local cuisine, and rediscover the taste of products from the castle's gardens, neighbouring farms, or local markets.
The wine cellar contains nearly 3000 bottles of France's finest selections, especially from Bourgogne and Cote du Rhone.

RIDE IN FRANCE - Gastronomic restaurant in Allier

RIDE IN FRANCE - Horse at Oleron harbour

Ride on Oleron Island

On Oleron Island, a selection of seafood will be suggested. Of course you can taste the famous Marennes Oysters, but also fish soup, mussels... With a glass of Pineau des Charentes. Welcome on the Atlantic Coast !


Ride in Medoc

In Medoc, region of vineyards by the sea, you will enjoy nice local wines and seafood ! It is just the right place to be...

RIDE IN FRANCE - Ride in the vineyards of Medoc

RIDE IN FRANCE - Wine tasting in Bordeaux

Ride in Bordeaux

This ride was made for wine amateurs ! From one famous vineyard to the other, you will discover on horseback the area of Bordeaux and the wines that are produced there. Of course in France nice wine is always offered with nice food !


Ride in Black Perigord

The area is well-known for its cuisine, more particularly its products related to duck and geese, such as foie gras. It is one of the truffle areas of France, historically the most famous. But, in Perigord, you can also taste nice cheeses, walnuts and strawberries !
Périgourdine wines include the famed Bergerac (rouges and blancs) and Montbazillac.

RIDE IN FRANCE - Lunch in Perigord

Ride in Lot

Here again, you will taste products of this region famous for its local gastronomy : foie gras, walnuts, melon, truffles, goat cheese... and wine of course !


Ride in Luberon

In Luberon, you will enjoy the cuisine and smells of the sun : melons, cheese, ham, olives, spices, local wines... You can even learn how to cook local specialties on one of our programs !

RIDE IN FRANCE - Meals of Provence

RIDE IN FRANCE - Meals of Provence

RIDE IN FRANCE - Meals of Provence


Ride in Alsace

Our ride in Alsace allows you to discover different vineyard with beautiful landscape and some point of view on the amazing alsacian landscapes!



 

GASTRONOMY AND GOURMET RIDES

 

 

French people have always been in love with food, and their reverence for the time of the meal is evident in any nationwide culinary establishment.

French cuisine is extremely diverse. This variety results from a long and rich History, and an extraordinary range of climates and types of ground which support the production of all kinds of ingredients. In many ways, understanding the origins of French gastronomy is understanding the French culture and way of life...

Meals can go from the very basic, such as the traditional baguette with cheese and cheap wine, to very elaborate meals that can involve a dozen courses and different wines consumed over several hours.

 

Regional French food

 

Almost all the famous French dishes are regional specialities, some of which became national dishes popular throughout France (such as Coq au Vin and Foie Gras) while others are mainly enjoyed in their original region.

The French Mediterranean cuisine uses olive oil, herbs and tomatoes in many of its dishes. The cuisine of northwest France uses butter, sour cream and apples. The cuisine of the northeast (Alsace, and to a lesser extent Lorraine) has a strong German influence which includes beer and sauerkraut. Throughout the south in general we tend to use more vegetables and fruits (in part due to the favourable climate). Near the Atlantic coast and the Mediterranean sea, there is a greater consumption of sea food, while inland areas favoured by rivers (e.g. the Loire valley) use more fresh water fish.

 

 

Wine and cheese

 

Aside from bread and water, the most common side dishes to a French meal are wine and cheese. Unlike other countries, in France, wine is considered as a standard part of everyday meals, and is neither expensive nor reserved to special occasions. With everyday meals, ordinary wines are served, although it is expected that the type of wine matches the style of food.

In addition to its use in cooking, cheese is often served as a course in itself. In this case, it is served after the main meal but before desert. It consists in a platter with three or four different cheeses, from which guests can slice pieces according to their preferences. Sliced bread is provided at the same time.

 

 

OENOLOGIC EQUESTRIAN HOLIDAYS


France has the world's second-largest total vineyard area (behind Spain) and competes with Italy over the position the world's largest wine production.

French wine's history can be traced back to the 6th century BC, with many of France's regions dating their wine-making history to Roman times. The wines produced today range from expensive high-end wines sold internationally, to more modest wines usually only seen within France.

Two concepts central to higher end French wines are the notion of “terroir”, which links the style of the wine to its growing and production site, and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system.

 

Appellation rules closely define which grape varieties and winemaking practices are allowed in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or even specific vineyards.

 

Many varieties of grapes originally from France (such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Syrah) are now planted throughout the world, as well as several wine-making practices and styles of wine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIDE IN FRANCE - Map of gastronomic rides

RIDE IN FRANCE - Oenologic ride through Bordeaux vineyards


RIDE IN FRANCE - Ride in Versailles


RIDE IN FRANCE - Lunch in Poitou


RIDE IN FRANCE - Wine tasting in Bordeaux


RIDE IN FRANCE - Lunch in Poitou


RIDE IN FRANCE - Lunch in Poitou


RIDE IN FRANCE - Lunch in Poitou


RIDE IN FRANCE - Lunch in Poitou


RIDE IN FRANCE - Lunch in Poitou