There’s more to see in France than the Eiffel Tower or the French Riviera. Agritourism is still on the come-up here, but you can experience farm stays, which is on the uptick in the French countryside. Each region offers different agritourism options – think dairy farm stays where you can pet farm animals and help with simpler farm work, vineyard stays or even camping at permaculture farms.
Recommended agritourism destination: On the outskirts of the Palace of Versailles lies a peaceful farmhouse called Le Fermes de Gally. There’s plenty you can do here to immerse in nature’s bounty. An organic farm with produce to consume, a woodland nature discovery trail, a petting zoo and bread-making classes for kids, there’s enough to explore as a family.
The Margaret River wine region has built itself an international reputation for producing some of Australia’s finest wines. Close to the Western Australian city of Perth, you’ll find single day vineyard courses to winemaking intensives run by the farmers and winemakers behind some of the world’s most renowned new world wines. Some of the more popular wines were earmarked in the 1960s by a group of scientists as perfect for grape cultivation – these include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc. While the excellent soil and Mediterranean climate help produce award winning vintages, the exceptional seasonal produce has resulted in a strong foodie scene, so visitors can be rest assured they will both eat and drink well after a day in the vineyards.
Recommended agritourism destination: Most small, family-run and also the larger, luxurious wine estates offer lodging, tranquil restaurants, tours, tastings and vineyard walks; but to truly discover this premium agricultural region, book a winemaking course or other immersive agritourism experiences for a complete farm-to-bottle experience. Some of the larger wineries include wine blending as part of the experience, leaving you with your own custom blended wines to take home and cellar for a special occasion.
Frasers Hospitality offers accommodation with a sustainable focus in major cities near many of these rural agritourism destinations. After your arrival, enjoy a few days in the city before heading out to your tranquil, countryside experience.