The cheese route
The village of Thérondels, next to La Source campsite and the Laussac peninsula, is home to the cheese of the same name. It’s a really beautiful spot, at the foot of the region’s highest mountains. Here, they produce Thérondels, an unpressed hard cheese made from unpasteurised cows’ milk. The cheese, which has a golden-orange rind and soft, slightly holey texture, is produced by the village cheese cooperative. It is matured for 4 to 6 months and has a fruity-nutty taste that goes well with potatoes. You can use it to make a fondue or tartiflette (cheese and potato dish). And it’s delicious with a nice bottle of white wine!
Laguiole is famous for both its knives and its cheese and makes an interesting gourmet stopover. Laguiole (pronounced LA–I–OLE) is an uncooked, pressed, tomme-type cheese made from unpasteurised cows’ milk.
Are you familiar with Aligot?
It’s a recipe made from potatoes and melted tomme cheese and essential tasting when you visit our region.
The origin of Cantal AOP, and the secrets of its production, are firmly rooted in this region which extends over nearly 600 000 hectares. In fact, for some 2,000 years, Cantal cheese has been made in the same region, using the same techniques. At its centre lie a range of extinct volcanoes – Les Puys – the tallest of which, the Plomb du Cantal, stands at 1,858 metres high. In fact, Fourme de Cantal owes its name to this mountain range, dating as far back as 1298. The slopes boast a varied and abundant range of flora. Liquorice, gentian, anemone, black crowberry, white orchids, saxifrage and arnica are all in flower when the cows arrive to graze the summer pastures and the flavour of the cheese evokes the slopes of these old craters covered with their green carpet of grass and heather. Each mouthful of Cantal AOP reveals a powerful, robust nature, as constant as the seasons.
Why not explore a bit further afield and visit the caves of Roquefort, or sample the delights of the bleu des Causses?
Our reception area, at La Source campsite, will provide you with all the information you need.
The wine route, exploring the local terroir
Entraygues-sur-Truyère – Le Fel
The Entraygues le Fel wine region is located in the heart of the Lot Valley, between Rouergue and Auvergne. It was granted VDQS status (label guaranteeing quality) in 1965 and was awarded AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) status in May 2011. The region’s wine-growers, who tend the 20 hectare vineyards, proudly continue a tradition of wine-making that dates back to the time of the Roman occupation.
The vines are grown on terraces, carved out of the steep slopes of the Lot and Truyère valleys. The vineyards comprise two types of terroir: primary schist soil on the western slopes (Le Fel) and granite, limestone on the Eastern slopes (Entraygues).
The southerly aspect provides maximum sun throughout the year. The altitude varies between 200 and 400 m. The climate is subject to the dual influences of the Mediterranean and the Massif Central. The vineyards produce roughly 800 hectolitres a year which amounts to some 100,000 bottles (25% white, 50% red and 25% rosé). The main grape variety used to make the white wines (dry, lively and fragrant) is Chenin, while Cabernet and Fer Servadou are used for rosé and reds (fruity, aromatic and velvety). Thanks to its well-established wine-making traditions, the vineyard produces original wines with a distinctive character.
Number of cellars: 5. Tasting and bottles sales available at the estate. Group tours of winery and vineyards available on request – prior booking required.
The Marcillac wine route
The Marcillac vineyards, which extend over 200 hectares between Conques and Rodez, were established by the monks of Conques more than 1,000 years ago. The vines are grown on terraced slopes where red clay soil merges with limestone plateaux. Today there are more than 15 production points and around fifty wine growers who make their living, carefully tending their vines.
Number of cellars: 13
If you prefer, you can taste – and find out more about – these wines at the campsite. Choose from our selection of wines at La Source restaurant and why not enjoy a tasty bite while you’re at it!☺