Saturday, 3 March 2012

Food and wine in the Vaucluse, Provence.

The Vaucluse department of Provence is known for its fine wines and fantastic Provencal foods. The three main wine appelations are the Cotes du Rhone, (named after the river) the AOC Luberon (named after the area) and the AOC Ventoux (named after the mountain.)

The sunny, warm climate makes it the perfect place to grow specialist grapes for wine making.

For those interested in wine, which is probably a good many of us, more can be found out about making wine, the history of wine and hopefully about drinking it, at the Vinter museums throughout the Vaucluse. Many Roman and other historic sites in the area, notably in Vaison-la-Romaine and Beaumes de Venises, have fascinating links to this most popular of drinks. 
More information from Wine museums in the Vaucluse

One of the best things one can do on a holiday in France is to spend hours wandering around the local markets. The food markets in Provence are really stunning. Some of the best Provencal produce includes melons from Cavaillon, strawberries from Carpentras, pungent black truffles, black and green olives, cherries and asparagus from Lauris.

More information from food and wine in the Vaucluse and also from The markets of Provence

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