Famous the world over, French gastronomy owes its success to its diversity, with each region offering a variety of traditional products and recipes specific to its lands. The island of Ré is no exception, boasting many quality products from its farmland and fisheries.
Among its flagship products are the Rosé des Dunes and the pineau "Ilrhéa". Whether as an aperitif, a table wine or a spirit, let the wines of the Ile de Ré accompany and enrich your holidays.
You will discover numerous vineyards on the island, which benefit from an exceptional amount of sunshine and a wide range of grape varieties: red and white, merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, negrette, chardonnay, sauvignon and ugni blanc, which is used to make Cognac.
Pineau and Cognac are also among the main specialities of the Ile de Ré.
The island's Pineau is the fruit of a generous terroir and ancestral know-how. Either white or rosé, this wine from the winegrowers' cooperative is served as an aperitif or cocktail.
The Cognac comes from the island's light, chalky soil. To find out more, visit the Cave Coopérative at Bois Plage.
From La Couarde to Les Portes and Loix, via Ars and Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, the vast stretches of salt marshes mingle with vineyards and potato fields. The salt marshes, which cover an area of 460 hectares, preserve a know-how dating back to the 12th century. Today, a small number of salt producers have joined together in a cooperative to optimise their means of production and the sale of coarse salt, fine salt or fleur de sel.
From Rivedoux to Les Portes-en-Ré, it is impossible not to come across one of the many oyster beds along the coast which become visible at low tide. Meet the oyster farmers of Rivedoux who will be delighted to help you discover this authentic marine product.
A good restaurant? La cabane Océane : 2 Chemin du Petit Praud, 17630 La Flotte
Made exclusively from fruit grown on the island, the island's jams are a real treat for the taste buds.
2 locations to visit: Les confitures du Clocher in Ars and Le Jardin de Lydie in Bois-Plage.
The honey of the island of Ré is an all-flower honey (flowers of the Rhone marshes, wild flowers), which is both fruity and acidulous. It is distinguished by its fine light crystallisation.
2 places to visit: Abeille Réthaise in Rivedoux (guided tour of the farm, followed by a tasting from April to October) and Abeille de Ré in Loix.
Whether light, blond or dark, Ré beer resembles its island. The Bières de Ré Brewery has diversified and innovated its range of beers in recent years. Authentic, tasty and 100% natural, the Bières de Ré collection is made up of 4 traditional beers with character (Blanche, Ambrée, Déferlante and Blonde) and 2 special beers (Blanche Agrume and Collector) as well as three organic beers (Blanche, Blonde and EXTRA Cognac).
The Ile de Ré brewery is located in Saint Marie de Ré. Come and discover the brewing and fermentation techniques.
Bières de Ré : RD201, Les Hauts des Peux Bertaud, 17740 Sainte-Marie-de-Ré
Those with a sweet tooth will love the famous cakes from the biscuit factory in Ré. Made in the traditional way, with quality products, these caramel and chocolate cakes alone are worth a visit to the village of Sainte-Marie de Ré.