Sunday, July 4, 2010

Château Lavergne Expands its Programme to include a Totally New Concept for French Food & Wine Lovers

For a number of years now Château Lavergne ( in the Bordeaux region of South-West France has been building up a first class reputation hosting its popular cookery classes and wine-tastings. Now, owners Suzanne and Michel Bourdais have expanded this years programme to include tailor-made culinary holidays and tours, as well as introducing 'food and wine coaching' – a unique new concept for food lovers and the first of its kind in the area.

Situated in the delightful village of Bouliac and close to Bordeaux, the splendid 19th Century Château Lavergne is set in a 7 acre park and attracts visitors from all over the world to its relaxed and beautiful environment where they can discover, appreciate and learn about great French food and wine from the Bordeaux region.

Having already managed a vineyard over the years Suzanne along with her husband purchased the castle and from the outset decided to make Château Lavergne a real reference of food and wine in the region. Suzanne's latest concept aims to bring food and wine coaching to visitors and holidaymakers who appreciate good food and wine but may not have the time or resources to find the best restaurants, hotels, vineyards or culinary gems in the area. Whether they are travelling alone or with a partner, or with a larger group of family and friends, Suzanne's inside knowledge of the region will prove invaluable.

A typical client using this 'culinary concierge' style service would be staying in the Bordeaux area for around four days or so and would wish to discover the best restaurants, vineyards and hand-picked hotels best suited to their requirements as well discover the incredible Archachon Bay. For a small fee of 150 euros for 1 or 2 days, or 300 euros for 3-5 days Suzanne will provide a bespoke itinerary, make appropriate reservations and offer her unrivalled advice to make your stay truly unforgettable. These fees are for the entire group and not per person.

Château Lavergne is also offering culinary mini breaks which include accommodation in the château for one night. After breakfast participants are escorted to one of the region's most beautiful outdoor markets before returning to the château for a superb hands-on cookery class given personally by Suzanne Bourdais. This is followed by lunch at the château and a wine tasting. Break's cost 399 euros per person in a double room and 429 euros for single occupancy. The break can also be extended by an extra night for just 75 euros or 105 euros respectively. Extra dinner or lunch with wine for 40 euros.

For those visiting the Bordeaux area and wishing to take part in one of Château Lavergne's ever popular cookery classes there is a great deal on offer for 2010. Classes start with a 2hr class dedicated to making French home cooking more accessible, understandable and enjoyable. This class is followed by lunch or dinner with wine tasting and costs 150 euros. Other longer classes include a visit to a beautiful outdoor market where you will discover exceptional foods from the very best local producers. There is also an opportunity to learn about foie gras by participating in a 3hr 'Foie Gras' Workshop. Here you will learn to prepare “cou farci”, “confit” and goose liver. Participants take away with them jars prepared in the workshop and like all classes a superb lunch with wine tasting is included in the price of 190 euros.

To find out more about Château Lavergne's cookery classes, culinary tours and wine tastings visit the website at . For the new food and wine coaching service, contact Suzanne directly at

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