8 Days Wine Tasting and Cooking Vacations in France

  • French Holidays Plus, Figuès, 47600 Moncrabeau, France

8 Days Wine Tasting and Cooking Vacations in France

  • French Holidays Plus, Figuès, 47600 Moncrabeau, France

Culinary and Wine Holidays in France

Spend an amazing time discovering the fantastic food, wines, Armagnacs, history, and culture of south-west France. This luxury tailor-made tour will take your breath away! You will stay at a private 180-year-old farmhouse set in 50 acres, where your every need will be met by the staff who are on hand to ensure an unforgettable stay for you. There will be plenty of free time to ensure your holiday is a relaxing and fulfilling experience. Enjoy wine and Armagnac from limited reserves, lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and explore all the best Gascony has to offer in this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Highlights

  • Cooking classes
  • Foie gras and cheese tasting
  • Visit to the local village markets
  • Gourmet dinners in Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Wine, Armagnac, and champagne tasting
  • Cheese and wine pairing session
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 34 hours of activities
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During your course, you will stay in Baron-Figus which is part of a gorgeous 150-year-old farmhouse with three beautifully appointed en-suite twin or double bedrooms. One of the main attractions of this farmhouse is its large open traditional kitchen. This accommodation combines the wonders of rural Gascony, modern-home comforts of a traditional French farmhouse, and unbeatable food and wine experiences that will stay with you forever.

Day 1 - Arrival day

  • Arrive in the afternoon to be greeted by your friendly hosts.
  • Settle into your delightful room before getting to know your fellow guests over delicious aperitifs.
  • Enjoy a social evening with a 3-course gourmet dinner served in the farmhouse kitchen along with a short introduction from your hosts of what to expect over the next few days.

Day 2 - Boutique wines

  • This morning after breakfast, you will go to a delightful local village market. Enjoy coffee and croissants with the locals learning a brief history of the ancient kingdom of Henry IV, the future king of France.
  • You will then return to the farmhouse to relax by the pool.
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch that will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen.
  • After the lunch, you will begin to explore the wines of the region, sampling the best of them. Learn the differences between the great wines and discover how to select the right wine to best accompany your meal. This is a wine course like no other - French Holidays Plus selects only the best wines from the best boutique vineyards in France. You’ll be privileged to sample wine from stock with less than 2,000 bottles left in the world.
  • Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool. You can also take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as pool, table tennis, or cycling.

Day 3 - Easy lunches, foie gras, and Armagnac

  • After leisurely breakfast, you will have time to relax by the pool, enjoy the onsite activities, or take a short visit to one of the many local attractions.
  • Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen.
  • After lunch, you will visit a family-run foie gras business where you will learn how foie gras is made and taste it cooked three different ways.
  • What is better to wash down your foie gras with than Armagnac? In the early evening, you will visit a family-run distillery (which Gascony is famous for), and learn how grapes are processed to become Armagnac. You will sample different vintages and even blend your own. You will be helped as you create your own personal blend of Armagnac - the only bottle in the world!
  • A 3-course gourmet meal will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines.

Day 4 - Lazy salad day

  • After a leisure breakfast, you will have time to relax by the pool, enjoy the onsite activities, or take a short visit to one of the many local attractions.
  • Today, you will focus on salads, dressing, quiches and, following yesterday's visit you will prepare a terrine of foie gras.
  • Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen.
  • After lunch, you’ll visit a beautiful chateau famous for its aperitifs and wines for the afternoon of wine tasting and a walk through the history.
  • Dinner will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool. You can take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as pool, table tennis, or cycling.

Day 5 - Champagne and stars

  • After leisure breakfast, you will visit a bustling French market in the ancient town of Condom.
  • Visit the cathedral, mingle with the locals, sample the cheeses, meats, and fruits then relax with a coffee and watch the world pass by.
  • Today, you will have a relaxing lunch at a Michelin-starred restaurant.
  • After lunch, you will cleanse your palate with a course about champagne and "methode traditionelle". Try whites and pinks, dry and sweet - all delicious.
  • The dinner you’ve prepared will be served back at the farmhouse giving you time to relax in the lounge or by the swimming pool. You can take advantage of one of the onsite activities such as pool, table tennis, or cycling.

Day 6 - Cheese and wine pairing

  • After leisure breakfast, you will have time to relax by the pool, enjoy the onsite activities, or take a short visit to one of the many local attractions.
  • Today you will learn some of the tricks of the trade and work with the skills you have learned to prepare a meal fit for a king.
  • Lunch will be served by the pool or in the farmhouse kitchen.
  • In the afternoon, spend time discovering regional cheeses and cheeses from other regions of France. Understand the different processes and tastes.
  • Return to the farmhouse to relax by the pool and spend time with your new friends putting all you have learnt to the test as you match wine and champagne with different cheeses and foie gras.
  • A three-course gourmet meal, incorporating the food you have prepared earlier, will then be served back at the farmhouse kitchen accompanied with local delicious wines.

Day 7 - Day group excursion

  • Relax with a delicious breakfast this morning before heading out to a fun excursion for the day.
  • Today, you’ll enjoy an excursion to Dune de Pila, Bordeaux city, the Pyrenees, Toulouse city or Biarritz, depending on your preferences. You can choose the destination upon arrival.
  • Explore the stunning scenery and relax on your final day, enjoying a group lunch.
  • This evening you’ll return to the farmhouse for your final dinner, where you’ll reflect on the week and how much you have learnt.

Day 8 - Departure day

  • After breakfast, guests are asked to check out by 10:00.
  • You are welcome to relax and enjoy some free time if your flight is not until later in the day, before being taken to the airport or train .station for your return journey.
  • You will return home with fantastic memories and new skills to stay with you for a lifetime.
  • Caroline

    Caroline and her husband, Adam, have decided to leave their comfortable life in Kent and headed off for a new adventure in France with their four young children. The summers spent vacationing by the Mediterranean had instilled in them a love for the outdoor life. Looking back, this was probably madness, as they had little knowledge of France and no real idea of what they were coming to. Caroline, a qualified teacher for over 20 years, loves her work running PMC Studio France. She enjoys meeting fascinating people from all over the world who come to learn or enjoy a relaxing holiday.

  • Adam

    After working in global consulting and finance, Adam jumped at the chance to rebalance his life more in favor of family. Adam's passion for food and wine has been cultivated during these early years and he has honed his skills over the last decade living in “Garden of France”, an area rich in gastronomic delights, fabulous wines, and amazing Armagnacs. For Adam, cooking is a journey through the senses. Next to him, you will understand how local produce is made and the traditions behind it.

Gascony is an undiscovered region of south-west France so theres no chance youll have to wrestle with crowds when you go to sample the wonders that make this region so special. While there, youll quickly learn why Gascony is famed for its sumptuous local produce and seasonal recipes, and you will realize that the locals take their food very seriously. And, if youre partial to a cheeky little treat, Gascony is one of the main producers of foie gras. Its not just mouth-watering food you have to look forward to, though. You cant visit Gascony without trying out the fruits of the vine. Wherever you walk, youll be able to see the many vineyards sprawling over the hills and valleys, and discover that the wines are individual, full of character, and exquisite.

Nearby places

  • Local markets and a wide range of delightful restaurants
  • The wonderful beaches of Atlantic and Mediterranean coast
Activities
  • Basketball
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Table tennis
  • Wine tasting / tour
General
  • Beach nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Restaurant nearby
Services
  • Free bicycle
  • Free Wi-Fi

All extracurricular activities on your holiday are free. So, if you dont feel like taking a trip after your lessons you can try on site table tennis, basketball, horse riding, shooting, archery and cycling, or you may just like to relax by the heated pool with a glass of soul-warming Armagnac. There is also a great selection of board games that will amuse you during the warm nights, and let you enjoy the company of other guests.

  • 1 day trip
  • 3 meals a day
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All visits and tastings mentioned in the itinerary (34 hours of activities)
  • Armagnac tasting
  • Champagne tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Cooking course
  • Foie gras tasting
  • Gourmet dinners
  • Michelin restaurant
  • Pairing wines to food
  • Transfers from Agen train station and excursions
  • Village markets visits
  • Wine tasting

Arrival by airplane

The closest airports are Toulouse Blagnac Airport (TLS), Bordeaux-Mrignac Airport (BOD), or Bergerac Dordogne Prigord Airport (EGC). French Holidays Plus can pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is at additional price.

Arrival by train

The closest train station is Agen train station. French Holidays Plus will pick you up from the train station. The pick-up is included in the price.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

Verified BookCulinaryVacations.com reviews

  • M
    Review by Maxine Schlack from New Zealand

    Dream come true

    PROS Pros: Loved the location, very peaceful, wonderful tutors. Felt like I had know Caroline and Adam my whole life as they made me feel so welcome. It was like being at a fiends house. Learnt a lot of interesting things not only about the jewellery making and cooking, but Caroline and Adam where fantastic tour guides. ,

    2017-Jun-20 16:42:53

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    Review by Victoria Lawson from Australia

    Blissful Indulgence in the South of France

    CONS Cons: None

    PROS Pros: I loved everything about our holiday! Our gorgeous hosts Caroline and Adam who cared for and spoiled us! Learning new skills in jewellery making from master craftswoman Caroline. Having wonderful meals outside under the awning with the family. Swimming in their lovely pool. Learning some super dishes from chef Adam and enjoying his cuisine every evening. Trips around the district to historic towns and lovely meals out. Visits to local vineyards and Distilleries!

    2017-Jun-20 16:06:42

  • Review by Deb from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "Baron-Figus is a little slice of heaven in the French countryside and provides the ideal setting to immerse yourself in a local experience. Adam provided a wonderful opportunity to cook with interesting local ingredients and come away with some tasty recipes and clever tips. I found the entire experience relaxing and a lot of fun. Carolyn and Adam are fabulous hosts who leave you feeling like an old friend catching up over great food and wine."

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Testimonials

  • Review by B. Marie from United Kingdom

    "It was a brilliant holiday. Caroline and Adam are excellent hosts. I came back with several pieces of jewelry to many compliments. The cooking experience was fun and there was much wine tasting and laughter. It is a beautiful part of France and I was taken to some of the little villages nearby, to markets, and Toulouse too. I made new friends. It was one of the best holidays I have had. I hope to go back again!"

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  • Review by P. Wilkinson from England

    "My sister and I spent a week at Baron Figues on the jewelry and cooking course - a girls holiday away from stress was the plan! Everybody involved made this a trip that will never be forgotten and forever treasured! The teaching was informal and friendly and Caroline and Adam simply couldn't do enough to make sure we had an amazing time. The surroundings, the pool, and activities were an added bonus although we were busy wine-tasting, eating local delicacies, completing jewelry projects and visiting Bordeaux! The food was phenomenal and we have come home armed with simple ways to impress our friends together with beautiful jewellery I am amazed we were able to create! I really felt that everybody made a huge effort to ensure we enjoyed our stay. We loved every minute of it and I would wholeheartedly recommend it - a great way to immerse yourself in rural France! "

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  • Review by N. Lorraine from United States

    "Had I taken the time to define what would be the perfect trip for me, I could not have imagined the trip to be as perfect as it actually was. Caroline, Adam, and their delightful children were the ultimate hosts. I am definitely planning to return to experience another vacation of a lifetime!"

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  • Review by L. Jones from United Arab Emirates

    "Absolutely brilliant course, and highly recommended! Caroline is the best teacher and I learned so much about different aspects of metal clay work. I made some lovely pieces to show off to my friends! Coupled with the amazing food and great accommodation, this was the best course!"

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  • Review by M. Aldred from United Kingdom

    "There was excellent hospitality, location, and tuition. It is a first class holiday!"

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  • Review by M. Nawal Congdon from Canada

    "I had a wonderful learning experience in both jewellery making and cooking the French relaxed way. My hosts were gracious, warm, and very helpful. Their family was wonderful. I hope to return again."

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  • Review by K. Judd from New Zealand

    "Friendly family. Tailored program willingly to suit our needs. Quality food. Quality workshops. Quality touring."

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