Go behind the scenes of the world's most secretive business. Take a tour of a Provençal truffle plantation, learn how truffles are cultivated and truffle dogs are trained, and go on a hunt for France's elusive "black gold" with professional hunters who know all the tricks of the trade.
You'll be regaled with stories of successes and sabotage, and learn to tell the difference between a real Provençal tuber melanosporum and its inferior Chinese counterparts. You'll also learn how to properly clean, store and cook with truffles.
Tours are followed up with a sampling of fresh truffle hors d'oeuvres, Champagne and a tasting of our organic Les Pastras olive and truffle oil.
2-14 people (for larger groups, please contact us)
May to September
mid-November to mid-March
"The most learned men have been questioned as to the nature of this tuber, and after two thousand years of argument and discussion their answer is the same as it was on the first day: we do not know. The truffles themselves have been interrogated, and have answered simply: eat us and praise the Lord."
— Alexandre Dumas
"There are two types of people who eat truffles: those who think truffles are good because they are dear and those who know they are dear because they are good."
— J.L. Vaudoyer
"If you are visiting the Luberon, or anywhere in Provence, make sure you dedicate one afternoon at Les Pastras. Lisa and Johann, exceptional hosts, will lead you down the path of truly unique Provencal life. Whether you join them for a truffle hunt, bee keeping, or grape stomping, you'll have amazing memories and tastes of our wonderful countryside. Seriously -- you can't go wrong! Depeche-toi: book your tour with them today. Plus, the scenery is drop dead gorgeous!" Barbara