The terroirs of
the Pays d’Auge
Stage 1 : Camembert
Where would Normandy be without its famous cheese? And with a glass of Calvados, even better! To learn all about the world’s most famous cheese, head for the Maison du Camembert and, while you are there, check out the “Route des Fromages” (the cheese route)!
To find the perfect pairing for your cheese, hop over to Crouttes, a stone’s throw away, and pay a visit to Domaine de la Galotière. Tucked away in the hollow of a valley, the Olivier family has been making beverages from apples and pears here for half a century. They also have gîtes available for rent.
Then head for the commune of Saint-Aubin-Bonneval, where you will find an amazing spa entirely dedicated to apples!
Stage 2 : Livarot
At La Fromagerie Graindorge, you can join one of their cheese workshops to learn all about the cheeses of Normandy. Grab yourself some Livarot cheese and head for Saint-Cyr-du Ronceray, where you will find one of the finest cellars in Calvados. Jean-Roger Groult will introduce you to his family’s great and long tradition of Calvados-making.
Stage 3 : Lisieux
The Basilique Sainte-Thérèse (St. Theresa’s Basilica) is a historic Romano-Byzantine monument and an important site of pilgrimage. Receiving 600,000 visitors a year, it is one of the largest churches built in the 20th century.
In Saint-Désir, a small village adjacent to Lisieux, call in at the “Le Père Jules” distillery, one of the most iconic in the Pays d’Auge. The Desfrièches family has been officiating there since 1919.
Stage 4 : Cambremer
A picturesque Pays d’Auge village, Cambremer is the starting point for the “route du cidre” (cider route), a 40 km circuit that winds its way through the Pays d’Auge farms and estates. The Pierre Huet distillery, run by François-Xavier, is open to visitors all year round. Located a few hundred metres away, the Manoir de Grandouet also produces Calvados.
Stage 5 : Beuvron-en-Auge
On the road to Beuvron, make a detour to the Louis Dupont family estate in Victot-Pontfol. There you will discover an array of elegant apple-based beverages and some outstanding Calvados.
As pretty as a postcard, the village of Beuvron en Auge with its half-timbered houses is as authentic as they come and is currently home to the famous British painter David Hockney.
In the neighbouring village of Repentigny, you can even sleep in an old cider vat and gaze up at the stars, a glass of Calvados in hand.