Johann moved to the south of France from Chicago in 2003 to take over the Pepin family vineyard, leaving behind his job for fresh air, starry skies, and organic farming.
Lisa moved to the south of France from Chicago in 2003 to take over the Pepin family vineyard, leaving behind her job for fresh air, starry skies, and organic farming.
We were a group of 4 on a cool late November afternoon. We watched the dogs hunting truffles while Johann explained how to train dogs to hunt truffles. He also explained where the truffles like to grow, signs around trees that you may have truffles growing and how you can purchase oak trees that have truffle spores on them.
We also learned about bee keeping in the area, olive trees and how the oil is made. Johann and Lisa's farm is all organic.
Lisa treated us to some delicious truffles treats. Truffles on bread with butter and a bit of truffle salt, also on a cream cheese type cheese. We even had truffle ice-cream with truffle honey. We had a delicious champagne with our truffles, the champagne is made by a family member.
We enjoyed our visit, even adopted a truffle tree. If you are in the south of France, this is a must visit destination.
Everything from here is amazing! The truffles are fresh, the oils are fabulous! The wine and champagne tops it off perfectly.
Went truffle hunting as part of our honeymoon last summer and had a wonderful time. It was the best part of our trip!
Les Pastras - les pleasurable. This highly productive and beautifully scenic farm near the magnificent village of Lourmarin is one of the best discoveries in France. Owned and expertly run by Johann and Lisa, a visit here offers a uniquely interactive, informative, entertaining and fun experience amongst the vines, fruit trees, bee hives and truffle fields surrounding their magnificent farmhouse - activities I've not found elsewhere in France. After a fun time picking, learning, and crushing grapes in ancient barrels, we sat around the pool and had the most fantastic, hilariously funny and leisurely lunch of all things French and scrumptious. The wine flowed, Johann was funnier by the minute and everyone felt like long lost friends. It was so fantastic I had to return later in the day for the truffle hunt and tasting - the most interesting, delicious, and fantastic evening enjoyed in Provence. Genuinely hospitable, charming, knowledgeable, and generous hosts who have great passion, vision, love of people and a great sense of humor! Do not miss this totally memorable experience if you travel to Provence.
Great experience for young and old! Our three young kids enjoyed as much as my husband and I! My folks treated us to an evening out during our stay in Lourmarin and this was perfect. Johann is a great host, knowledgeable, and interesting. He did a good job of making truffles and all things related for the kids. The truffle tastings following the hunt, was amazing too. Highly recommend.
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