Southwest France Cooking Vacations
Savor the delights of French cuisine during a visit to one of our cooking schools in Southwest France, where you will explore the area’s many gastronomic specialties, including such famed products as paté, cassoulet, confit de canard, fois gras, Armagnac, Sauternes, and of course the wines of Bordeaux, which you can explore during a Bordeaux wine course. On a trip to Southwest France you will also find the famed Languedoc area, which offers stunning medieval fortresses, fine wines, and abundant produce, and the Dordogne, a verdant land known for its numerous castles and many types of truffles and patés. Traveling father south, the Midi-Pyrenees is home to mysterious medieval abbeys and churches, robust wines, and spectacular ancient towns. Join us for a culinary vacation in this rich, yet mostly unspoiled part of France, and discover the true heart of French gastronomy.
Please see the full list of our cooking vacations and culinary tours in Southwest France below.
Cooking Vacations in Southwest France
Pascal Méli and Michele Rousseau invite you to Pascal’s wine estate, Chateau Bujan, for a delightful eight-day cooking holiday and Bordeaux wine tour in France! You will explore regional French wines, their delicious accompanying dishes, and the vineyards, villages, and markets of the Bordeaux region.
7 nights — Available on request for a minimum of four people.
Go To A Week In Bordeaux Wine Country...
Bordeaux is a region known for its wine, but its also home to a thriving and beautiful city that offers much in the way of gastronomy, shopping, history, and, of course, wine. Discover the city named Europe’s Best Destination in 2015 through chateaux visits, walking tours, oyster tastings, and so much more.
5 nights – Available any dates on request for a minimum of 2 people.
Go To Best Of Bordeaux...
Situated at the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains, your chateau is a relaxing retreat run by a charming husband and wife team. Explore the the stunning Béarnaise countryside, dine at 3* Michelin star restaurants, and take five hands-on cooking classes with the chateau’s owner.
5 nights – Available for a minimum of 4 people June 3-8, September 16-21, October 7-12, and November 4-9, and on request.
Go To Chateau Cooking In Bearn...
Learn the art of French cookery in Gascony, the jewel of France’s gastronomic crown. With the unmatched beauty of the Gascon countryside as your backdrop, begin your journey into French cuisine with this well-structured and comprehensive French cookery course. Under the instruction of two successful chefs and conisseurs of French fare you will explore the culinary delights of this famed gastronmic hotspot and learn to prepare the region’s signiture dishes. In 2010 The Sunday Times recommended this cooking school as “one of the best ways to spend a weekend.” Its hosts invite you to discover why….
5 nights – Available certain weeks April to October for a minimum of 1 person.
Go To Cooking In Gascony...
Discover the flavors and natural beauty of the Dordogne, France’s black truffle country. With wine tastings in the vineyards of Bergerac, stops at historic chateaux, and local producer visits — including a goose and duck farm — you’ll experience the rich traditions of the region. Most classes are with the chef of your auberge accommodations, and are all about the local delicacies, including pastries, truffles, duck, and foie gras.
5 nights – Available any dates on request for a minimum of 2 people, maximum 8, year round (except July and August).
Go To Delectable Dordogne...
Go off the beaten track and experience one of the largest wine countries in all of France: Cognac. This specialized tour is all about the brandy of the region, and encompasses the whole production process, from the vineyards to the trading houses, from the vine to the glass. During this tour, guests stay in a charming relais in a 17th century hamlet. If you love brandy, this is the perfect tour for you.
3 nights – Available certain dates on request from January through September for a minimum of two people.
Go To Discover Cognac Country...
Explore the gorgeous and historic region of the Midi-Pyrenees with three nights at a lovely Chateau and cooking courses with its Chef.
Please inquire about our special ‘foie gras’ itinerary.
3 nights — Available on request April 4 – October 15. (Special foie gras itinerary available January through March on request).
Go To Gastronomic Retreat In The Quercy...
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