Tasting France is in Montignac, a small village in the heart of rural southwest France with the river Charente running through it.
We are 15 minutes drive from Angouleme, a charming walled city with plenty of interesting shops and architecture, pavement cafes and a great choice of restaurants. It prides itself on its festivals, and there’s always a buzz around it’s ancient cobbled streets.
We are 30 mins from Cognac, where you can visit the large Cognac distilleries and take part in tastings.
One and a half hours drive to the west will take you to the Atlantic coast, where you will find fabulous seafood, unspoilt beaches, and the ancient port of La Rochelle. From there a 3 km bridge will take you to the magical island of Ile de Re.
To the west is Bordeaux, which is a beautiful city to visit, and the centre of the world famous wine region. Particularly recommended are the towns of St Emilion, Blaye and Bourg where you will have opportunities to taste and buy local wines at every price, visit vineyards, and meet the growers who are always pleased to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for their wines.
Poitiers to the north is always worth a visit, in particular for the cathedral and church, excellent food market, quirky shops and plenty of good places to eat. For families check out Futuroscope, and the Valley of the monkeys.