Calvados France - Official website of the Calvados appellation

Wel­come to the offi­cial web­site of Calvados, the French spirit craf­ted in Normandy since 1553.

Dis­cov­er the rich­ness and eleg­ance of the most famous apple brandy.


Today, 300 Calvados pro­du­cers cul­tiv­ate the fine art of Calvados distilling.

They have been care­fully craft­ing this icon of the French “art de vivre” for five centuries.

  • A unique history

    From the Hes­per­ides to Steve Jobs, the Garden of Eden to the Beatles, Newton to Mag­ritte, the apple has cap­tured the ima­gin­a­tion since the dawn of man­kind. In Normandy, it is an emblem and Calvados is its standard-bearer…

    A glass and a bottle of Calvados on a counter

Drinking Calvados

Bold food pair­ings, apple-cious cock­tails, served neat or over ice: Calvados is per­fect for all sea­sons and all drink­ing occasions.

Drinking Calvados
Gastronomic postcard from Normandy
  • How & When to drink Calvados

    Old vin­tages, young blends, in cock­tails or in gast­ro­nomy: here are a few of the many ways Calvados can be enjoyed..

    Drinking Calvados
    Bottle of Calvados in the window of a wine shop

Calvados Tourism

“Calvados tour­ism” is an ori­gin­al way to explore Normandy. The lovely old dis­til­ler­ies are open to vis­it­ors enabling them to exper­i­ence the cul­ture of one of the love­li­est regions of France.

Calvados Tourism

What is a Café Calva?

At the end of the 19th cen­tury, it was cus­tom­ary for work­ers and farm­ers to add a drop of Calvados to their morn­ing coffee, to warm them­selves up and summon the energy needed to work in often dif­fi­cult conditions.

This tra­di­tion gradu­ally took hold in French pop­u­lar culture.

You can find the answers to all your questions in our FAQ!


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“Café Calva” or “Calva Café” ?

“Café Calva” or “Calva Café” ?

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