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Gourmet Holidays In Europe This Year

16th October 2015

Discovering gourmet ingredients is an increasingly popular premise for a holiday, whether it's in the company of an expert truffier, a winemaker, or an in-the-know forager. Here are our picks for some gourmet culinary experiences around Europe this year.

Wine – Portugal

With the wine harvest is in full swing, an autumn visit to the new Six Senses Douro Valley, in Portugal, is rewarding. The luxury hotel chain's first European outpost is set in the heart of the world's oldest demarcated wine region.

At the centre of the resort is a 19th Century mansion, known as a quinta. Guests have the chance to become a winemaker for the day, blending your own bottle at the Quinta Nova winery.

 The Six Senses Douro Valley in Portugal.

Mushrooms – Greece

Now is the perfect time to forage for mushrooms in the remote Pindus Mountains in north-western Greece. The Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas offers guided hikes in search of mushrooms, which you can eat at the Salvia Restaurant afterwards.


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Truffles – France

Crillon le Brave, a luxury hotel close to the slopes of Mont Ventoux in France, could not be better placed for a weekend of truffle hunting. Guests get the chance to step out with one of the region's most accomplished truffiers, Eric Jamaurd, and his trusty pooch.

There is also truffle cooking with imprthe hotel's head chef, Jerome Blanchet, wine tasting at one of the nearby vineyards, as well as a visit to antique capital L'Isle sur la Sorgue. The weekends take place on November 5, 19 and 26.

Olives – Italy

The olive tree-dotted countryside around Imperia on the Italian Riviera is home to green gold – oil derived from the prized taggiasca olive. Italy's annual olive harvest festival, Olioliva, takes place at its epicentre, historic Oneglia, from November 13 to 15.

There are tastings, events, cookery demonstrations, and more. Stay in one of the apartments that form part of the Saglietto Olive Oil Estate in nearby Poggi.

 Imperia on the Italian Riviera. Picture: Shutterstock

Berries, Mushrooms & Herbs – Finland

You can have you own wild culinary adventure hunting for berries, mushrooms and herbs in the Finnish wilderness. The Saimaa Lakeland region is within easy reach of the capital, Helsinki, and where Miun Loma can arrange foraging trips in its forests. One-day trips are conducted in Finnish and English.


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This article was written by Aoife O'Riordain from The Independent and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.