Luberon Truffle Hunting
Our Luberon Truffle Hunting Experience includes 2 nights in Luberon staying in a cottage at Domaine Des Peyre and going on a Truffle Hunt!
Located in Robion, Domaine des Peyre is in a rural area. Luberon Regional Park and Alpilles Regional Natural Park reflect the area’s natural beauty and area attractions include Les Grottes de Thouzon and Le Jarditrain Amusement Park. The property’s location is ideal for sightseeing.
Facilities include An outdoor pool, laundry facilities, and a garden are available at this smoke-free cottage. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided. Other amenities include a picnic area. All 5 soundproofed accommodations feature free WiFi and DVD players. For a bit of entertainment, flat-screen TVs come with digital channels, and guests can also appreciate conveniences like washing machines and living rooms.
Domaine des Peyre offers 5 air-conditioned accommodations with DVD players and espresso makers. These individually decorated accommodations have separate living rooms. Beds feature premium bedding. Refrigerators and microwaves are provided. Bathrooms include showers.
Recreational amenities at the cottage include an outdoor pool.
Robion is a quaint old village in the Vaucluse, situated between Cavaillon and Coustellet, just 26 km from Avignon.
Nestling at the foot of the Luberon mountain range, the village of Robion is a petite Provençal pearl set in a luxurious verdant setting. Discreet and shielded, you have to go deep into its old centre to discover its charms. Peaceful and shaded, the old village invites you into a world where time has stood still with its cobblestone lanes and old, admirably restored houses. In the centre of the centre, encircled by a ring of sycamores and stone benches, you will find the old fountain, the Pompe, with a column that had been a well in the past. On one side, the fountain is flanked by a big Romanesque church from the 12th century surmounted by an apron-shaped bell tower.
Truffles or ‘black gold’ from the south of France make up over 80% of French truffle production. Enjoy a very unique ‘hands on’ experience and find out more about the world’s most secretive business.
Tour a truffle plantation, learn how truffles are cultivated, hunt truffles with truffle dogs who are trained by professional hunters. Learn how to clean, store and cook truffles.
Truffle hunting tours run Summer and Winter, Monday – Friday. Each tour includes a sampling of fresh truffle hors d’oeuvres, champagne and olive oil and truffle oil tasting.
Afternoon Winter Truffle Hunt (Mid November – Mid March) – depart from Aix-en-Provence 1.30pm and return 5/6pm.
Evening Summer Truffle Hunt (May – September) – depart from Aix-en-Provence 5pm and return 9/10pm.
The interesting thing about truffles is that they only grow in the wild. This means they are hard to control and that their supply is unpredictable.
This accounts for the incredibly high prices that are charged for truffles in France and indeed all over the world.
It is also why they are considered to be gourmet products. There have been numerous attempts to cultivate truffles on farms, to little avail.
Originally, female pigs were used to dig up truffles. The truffle emits an odour akin to testosterone so the female pig would eagerly seek it out.
Truffle hunters eventually abandoned this practice as the pigs were damaging the truffle beds in their haste to dig up the truffle. There was also an issue with the pigs eating the truffles they unearthed.
Nowadays in France and in other countries, dogs are used in truffle hunts. The dogs are trained to follow the scent of the truffle and indicate where they are without digging them up and eating them.
In return for their efforts they are given a treat, meaning that the truffles remain untouched by the animals.
Generally, it requires a large team to find a sufficient number of truffles, and this also drives up the truffle prices.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WINTER AND SUMMER TRUFFLES?
There are two main truffles in France: summer truffles and winter truffles. Winter truffles are the more aromatic of the two and are harvested from November through March. They tend to be at their peak in January. The winter black truffle occurs in Périgord, in the Dorgdogne region. It is the most highly sought after truffle and can fetch astronomically high prices. In January, chefs often start jarring winter truffles so they can be used later on in the year, beyond the end of the season.
The summer truffle is far cheaper than the winter truffle and is harvested between the months of June and August. But, just because it is easier on the wallet doesn’t necessarily mean it is worse. There are some chefs who won’t give the summer truffle a second glance because it lacks the intense aroma of its winter sibling. However, those who do, recognize its versatility. Chefs have far more options in terms of how they can incorporate the summer truffle into different dishes, as the question of price is far less of a concern.
Often it is shaved onto salads or other dishes, as it subtly enhances the flavors already present in the meal. The summer truffle may be less fragrant than the winter truffle, but it can still do the job.
Price from £300 per person and includes:
• 2 nights at Domaine des Peyre, in a self catering Cottage
• Truffle Hunt Experience
The above Experience can be customised to suit your requirements.
If not included in the above, we can add accommodation from 3 to 5 Star Hotels, or self catering where possible.
Number of nights are flexible.
We can also book flights and transfers.
Please contact us for your bespoke quote