A gastronomic Tour of Berre Lagoon

Off the beaten tracks - Wine and gastronomy

This tour is focused around Berre lagoon, the second-largest salt water lake in Europe. Located west of Marseille, it's a fantastic spot for checking out local producers and tasting what the land has to offer. From organic wines to artisanal ice creams, all the products are made in Provence. There is plenty to pack in so we suggest you pick your favourites from our gourmet suggestions or extend your stay to stagger the visits over two days.

Detour to the Marius Bernard store

192 Route Du Loir 13250 Saint-Chamas

Once you arrive in Saint-Chamas, we suggest you head straight to 192 Route du Loir. Marius Bernard's fine delicatessen opened in 1958 and has been delighting taste buds with its Provençal flavours ever since. The boutique stocks a range of jars, terrines and tinned food (over 200 varieties) containing sun-kissed ingredients, proudly displaying its fine palate and particular know-how. Top tip: try the organic range introduced in 2011.

Gourmet dining at Le Rabelais

8 Rue Auguste Fabre 13250 Saint-Chamas

Make sure plan ahead to book a table at Le Rabelais, a fine-dining restaurant set in a 17th century wheat mill. The chef Gérald Guilly welcomes guests into his tastefully decorated dining rooms where old stonework and modern furnishings make a successful marriage. The menu is an homage to local ingredients and more adventurous foodies will appreciate original pairings such as apricot tatin served with pan-fried foie gras or raspberry and basil mirliton.

Quillé's for ice cream!

Place Du château Miramas le Vieux 13140 Miramas

For dessert, look no further than one of the top 20 ice cream producers in France, where you can enjoy artisanal ice creams and home-made crêpes. Quillé offers a generous menu and is the perfect stop for an afternoon refreshment. The house iced tea comes highly recommended! Feeling brave? Take your ice cream to enjoy en route to the town's medieval castle from the 12th century.

100% natural wine at Cave de Sulauze

Domaine de Sulauze Chemin Du vieux Sulauze D569N 13800 Istres

As late afternoon approaches, swing by Cave de Sulauze, a 300-hectare estate where they are committed to sustainable farming. At this new addition along the wine route, Guillaume and Karina Lefèvre enthusiastically impart their love of vine growing using organic methods and manual harvesting. You'll also get to learn all about the main principles of biodynamic farming.

Refreshing craft beer at Sulauze brewery

Domaine de Sulauze Chemin Du vieux Sulauze D569N 13800 Istres

On the same estate, the Sulauze brewery is set in an old sheep barn. Nothing like a delicious chilled beer to quench your thirst, brewed using produce grown on site (cereals and hops) obtained from biodynamic agriculture. Lagers, white beers and pale ales are all produced by a couple of passionate self-taught brewers, Guillaume and Julien.

Can't-miss experiences

  • Admiring the magnificent view from the ruins of the medieval Miramas-le-Vieux Castle
  • Exploring the underground caves and remains of wall murals from the Middle Ages in Saint-Chamas
  • Gushing over the architecture at the Maison des Templiers in Lançon-Provence

We love

  • Meeting local producers committed to sustainable practices
  • Enjoying fine dining using local ingredients at affordable prices
  • Touring a wine estate that brings a refined touch to wine tourism

The best time to visit

  • Mid-June for the Feast of Saint John in Istres
  • Summer to visit the Medieval festival in Miramas-le-Vieux held in late August
  • In autumn to attend the Fête de l’Olive et du Vin in La Fare-les-Oliviers or the wine fair in Istres
  • Theme

    Off the beaten tracks, Wine and gastronomy

  • Duration

    1 day

  • Transport means

    Personal vehicle

  • Visited cities

  • Ideal for

    All year round

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