Preserved and authentic, the two regions preach the natural and have maintained craftsmanship, providing natural products of excellence.
As French regions, Île de Ré and Provence both produce wine known for its pre-eminence. However, from different vines - some matured under a dry Mediterranean
climate, others under a mild Atlantic climate - these wines have many nuances. To get behind the scenes of viticulture, you can participate in wine tourism
and visit acres of vineyards by meeting experts who will reveal all their secrets.
In south of France, you’ll find passionate growers who transcribe key elements of their sweet life in Provence through their work. Indeed, just like its region, Provençal craftsmanship, is simply a mixture of beautiful colors and smells. Admire the ceramic artisans who paint the famous hand-colored cicada, or see the local producers working with perseverance to deliver the best of nature: olive oil and tapenade, aromatic herbs, or its sweet pleasures such as honey and calissons. Obviously, you can not leave Provence without bringing in your suitcase the famous Marseille soap offering a wide range of tone and scents. Finally, do not miss a stopover in Aubagne, the village of Marcel Pagnol but also santons. Meticulously made, these small clay figurines model the local Provencal and their living environment.
In Île de Ré, craftsmanship bears witness to a surprising creativity, patience and listening to nature. The artisans like to tell and share their work around which a real exchange is created. Impossible to cross the island without passing by one of its oyster beds, collectible during low tides. Meet oyster specialists who work on the water and the tides, and who will be happy to deliver you the secrets of tasty oysters
. Also, try the exceptional salt, straight from the salt marshes, jam and honey produced from its fruits and flowers
, or even refreshing authentic and tasty beer.
While walking in the pleasant little streets of the two regions, you will find small typical and welcoming shops where you can find these local products, to bring back to yourself or to your loved ones some souvenirs!