All the “Occitanie & South of France” flavour of Tarn.
Tarn, the perfect place to discover culinary delights of excellent quality!
Cheese, “croquant” biscuits, olive oil, whisky, truffles, duck and wines. Excellent products for you to relish.
A great culinary tradition of South West France.
Duck features widely in South West cuisine, so it’s only natural to find it in every shape and form in our local dishes: aiguillettes, breast fillet, confit, foie gras, pâté, and so on. There’s a duck product to suit every taste! The duck farmers will tell you their cooking secrets and make you aware of the importance of this regional culinary tradition that’s great for the tastebuds as well as your health, they’ll have you know.
Cheese and other dairy products
Give in to the urge and try our cheeses that have won many an award! A cheese from Le Pic, for example, won a gold medal at the World Cheese Fair in Tours. You’ll find cabécou, tomme, fromage frais and yogurt at our dairies, on the markets and also in some of our shops. These cheeses made from cow’s, ewe’s or goat’s milk go well with a nice slice of crusty baguette.
The ultimate Cordes speciality! This sweet treat from Cordes has gone unrivalled for a whole century. It is a biscuit made from wheat flour,
egg white, sugar, and almonds grown in the South West, along with a small pinch of mystery that makes it truly unique. Croquants go particularly well with fruit salad or icecream, or a nice little glass of Gaillac white wine… Once you’ve tasted this culinary delight you’ll definitely be back for more…
From olive tree to oil bottle
That inimitable taste of olives and olive oil, produced right here in Tarn. Unique in the region. Domaine Rigaud is a farm that cultivates vines, cereals, truffles and, more recently, olives.
The estate boasts more than 400 olive trees… and has its own oil mill and farm shop. Book ahead for a visit to the olive groves.
Maison Castan – the first whisky distillery in Occitanie, where French excellence has been rewarded by 2 medals, a gold and a silver. The Castan family tend to the vines and wines of Domaine La Gardelle. This organic vineyard in the Gaillac appellation area is located on the Cordes plateau. The story of the distillery goes back to 1941. For 50 years, the Castan family had a mobile still that toured from village to village across Tarn and Aveyron.
Gilbert, the man behind the distilling activity, passed on his expertise to his son and his grandson, Sébastien, who does the distilling today. Sébastien decided to build a fruit and whisky distillery in 2007. He distilled his first whisky in February 2010.
A passion and a savoir-faire, from the vine to the glass… Three colours and a whole array of flavours.
Tours and tastings to share the wine experience with the producers…
Come visit them or stop for an aperitif… if you’re old enough!
Famous since Antiquity, nowadays the Gaillac vineyard is a safe bet (AOC classification in 1930). From
fresh, fruity whites to reds with woody, fruity and even slightly peppery aromas, the wines from our hillsides are sure to please.
They come in three colours and a range of categories: dry white, sweet white, finely-bubbled, wine for laying down, wine matured on oak, primeur wine, traditional Gaillac sparkling wine, and so on.
Come to meet the winegrowers: chateaubourguet.fr – cave-labastide.com –www.maison-gayrard.com – chateau-bouscaillous – abel-pouget.sitego.fr – famillebalaran.com – Domaine d’Escausses & Château l’Enclos des Roses
Make sure you visit a truffle market… This black gold thrives on our limestone soils which are close to those of the Quercy region. This is why there are more and more truffle farms between Albi and Cordes. Winter is the best time of year to try truffles (from mid December to mid February).
Moments of delight for fans of these fungi of incomparable aroma!
Sainte-Cécile craft brewery
Craft beer brewers. Each bottle contains a little piece of the history of Tarn. Each beer comes with an illustration of a local heritage feature. White beer: La Cordaise; Lager: Le Pont Vieux (Albi); Red ale: Sainte-Cécile (cathedral of Albi); Amber ale: Lapérouse; Stout: La Galibot (Carmaux miners); Christmas beer; Abbey beer (coming soon) Unguided tours, tastings and direct sales.