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Benvengudo Hotel Reviews the Olive Oils of Provence

The rich and fertile hills surrounding Benvengudo Hotel are home to some of the finest olive groves in Provence. Comparable to a fine wine, the olives grown here have a bouquet, a colour, a flavour and elegance that captures the essence of the surrounding Vallée des Baux-de-Provence. Benvengudo’s own olives are grown at the hotel and then taken to the local mill where they are processed into olive oil; the same oil is used in the Benvengudo Hotel restaurant. The AOC Labels What is perhaps most unique about the olive grown in Les Baux is that the Provence boasts three separate AOC (appellation d’origine controlée) labels. The appellation d’origine contrôlée, which translates as “controlled designation of origin”, is the French certification granted to certain French geographical indications for wines, cheeses, butters, and other agricultural products. Eight regions in France – mainly in Provence – enjoy an AOC status, which was awarded by the European Union and guarantees an oil’s geographical origins and strict conditions of production. These eight regions are the Vallée des Baux de Provence, Aix en Provence, Haute Provence, Provence, Nice, Nîmes, Nyons and Corsica. The label on a bottle of Provençal olive oil is also likely to state the name of the château or domaine, but not the year. Put simply, olive oil doesn’t improve with age as wine does and should be consumed quickly once the bottle has been opened. Furthermore, as a quality indicator, the Vallee des Baux olive oil has a very low free acidity of 0.05 % (to get the “extra-virgin olive oil” label the maximum is 0.8%) The three “Vallée des Baux-de-Provence” AOC labels for black crus­hed olives, pricked olives and olive oil were awarded on August 31, 1997, and demonstrate the pure, unique nature of the fruits from the olive-trees of the Alpine foothills. The Olive Oil of Les Baux-de-Provence Provence olives are unique because of the fruity flavour of the oils they produce. The olive cultivars of Aglandau, Salonenque, Grossane and Verdale Bouches du Rhone produce a typically fruity green oil in which there are aromas of fresh hay and cut grass, apple, fresh hazelnut, kernel, raw artichoke and tomato leaf. The varying proportions of these varieties and the miller jiffy allow a range of flavours in the same tone. In comparison the oils of the Vallée des Baux de Provence have a moderate bitterness and pungency. Those varieties of olive in the black fruity typicality give an oil that is characterized by aromas of candied olives, black olives, cocoa, truffle, mushroom, cooked artichokes and sourdough bread and produce a sweet flavour free of bitterness and with little or no pungency. Fruity green or black oils are obtained with the same olives. The difference is due to the time of maturation of the olives between collection and crushing. A fruity green oil is obtained with olives picked in the morning and processed within 24 hours. A black fruity oil is obtained by maturing the olives 4 or 5 days between collection and crushing. An experienced producer will be able to obtain the optimum quality of oil in both varieties. Vallée des Baux-de-Provence is one of only two French appellation to have two fruity olive oils protected by AOC guidelines. Located less than 4km down from Benvengudo on Les Route de Baux is Moulin de la Coquille, an olive grower and oil producer that works with the Aglandau, Salonenque, Grossane and Verdale olives to produce their rich extra virgin oil characterized by a fruity green flavour. Benvengudo Hotel is a 4 star luxury boutique hotel located in Les Baux-de-Provence. Set in an authentic Provencal country house, its idyllic location offers a perfect base from which to explore this remarkable region in the South of France. Thanks for reading

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Best Golf Courses Near Benvengudo Hotel

Les Baux-de-Provence is a golfers paradise, with many different courses all located with an hour’s drive from Benvengudo Hotel. Located closest to Benvengudo are the Golf de Servanes and Golf du Domaine de Manville courses. Golf de Servanes At the foot of the Alpilles Mountains is the Servanes course. Just 12km away from Benvengudo, its blend of scents, nature and sunshine creating a unique ambiance for any golf lover. If you envisage a golfing holiday in the picturesque region of Provence, then a stay at the Benvengudo Hotel may be perfect for you. We offer fantastic deals for two or the whole family, which cater to all skillsets and gives you the opportunity to choose a golf formula adapted especially for you. 18 holes green fee passes or golf lessons can also be included in your golf vacation package with Benvengudo Designed by T. Sprecher & G. Watin, the Servanes course sits at the heart of the Provence, close to St Remy and Les Baux-de-Provence. It’s highly accessible being just 30 minutes from the TGV station at Avignon and 45 minutes from Marseille Airport. The services and facilities at Servanes are also great with 34 practice bays, including 4 covered and 20 bays on grass. It also boasts a training bunker, putting green, pitching green and their pro golfer Frédéric Fogeron. The Servanes also offers trolley hire, buggy hire and club hire. Golf du Domaine de Manville Located within 3km or Benvengudo Hotel is the Domaine de Manville golf course. Manville has a 18 hole golf course designed by renowned architect and lands­caper Thierry Sprecher. The course combines technicality and game attraction in an eco-responsible and respectful way to produce a truly special course. Like Servanes, the Manville course also cater to all skill levels. Course elements echo the former agricultural use of the land and region – geometric bunkers supported by stone walls, the shape of the greens, grassy rather than sandy bunkers on key holes, fairways bordered like former fields with olive groves and water as obstacles etc. The Manville course is balanced and fluid and evokes many different sensations. As a good technical course with great diversity in the design of each hole and at 5508 meters long, it suits every playing level whether you are looking for a challenge or a steady practise session, Manville is ideal. Benvengudo Hotel is a 4 star luxury boutique hotel located in Les Baux-de-Provence. Set in an authentic Provencal country house, its idyllic location offers a perfect base from which to explore this remarkable region in the South of France.    

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Benvengudo Hotel Visits Chateau des Baux de Provence

Benvengudo Hotel blog will explore the history and attractions of Les Baux-de-Provence in a new series of articles. No site has more historically significant than the Château des Baux de Provence; a 10th century fortified castle that towers over the village and surrounding landscape of Provence. Located well within walking distance of Benvengudo Hotel, the Chateau is an ideal attraction for the more historically inclined visitor. Discovery Provence and Its History Considered by some to be one of the most picturesque villages in France, Les Baux-de-Provence exemplifies everything that is beautiful about Southern France. Perhaps the most captivating feature of the area, is the Chateau des Baux de Provence, a Castle perched proudly upon a spur of rock in the heart of The Chaine des Alpilles, a small mountain range in Provence. As well as offering a stunning panorama of the surrounding Provence from Aix to Arles and beyond, the Chateau is also of significant cultural and historical importance as a listed Historical Monument. Once inside, you will begin to discovery the history of the Lords of Les Baux-de-Provence as well as the remains of the former town of Baux. With their audio guide, available in 10 different languages, re-trace their steps as you visit the keep, the Sarrazine and Paravelle towers, the dovecote, the castle chapel and the chapel of St Blaise, and the former Quiqueran hospital. The Lords of Baux The Chateau has seen a turbulent history with Raymond of Baux playing a crucial role in determining who occupied Provence. As a Lord of Baux for 20 years, between 1145 and 1162, he led the Baussenque Wars, fighting against the Count of Barcelona to win the County of Provence. The turbulence of the region finally died out with the death of Alix of Baux. As the last heiress of the domain of Baux her death, in 1426, signalled the end of the turbulent line of the Lords of Baux. The Chateau survived for a few more years, before its demolition in 1483. Secular and Religious Remains At the entrance to the Chateau you will find the former chapel, a 12th century building that was constructed with rich decoration and intended for contemplation and prayer. In the 12th century, the chapel was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and provided the Chateau with both religious and physical protection. It has been dedicated to Saint Catherine since the 16th century. The Military Remains The Keep at the Chateau des Baux serves as a stark reminder of the militaristic presence in Provence. The Keep is also significant because it was here that the Chateau came into being. The Lords of Baux had the rock carved out at heights of up to 20 metres so as to defy anyone attempting to scale it. At those heights the Lords also made full use of the panoramic view of Provence. The Siege Engines at the Château des Baux The Chateau is also home to a magnificent reproduction Trebuchet, a type of French catapult. As well as several other examples of historical siege works, The Trebuchet was constructed based on medieval drawings from the period and forms part of a range of formidable machines that were often used to attack the walls of fortified sites during sieges. This medieval equipment can be seen in action over a series of events held at the Chateau from April through to September. Benvengudo Hotel is a 4 star luxury boutique hotel located in Les Baux-de-Provence. Set in an authentic Provencal country house, its idyllic location offers a perfect base from which to explore this remarkable region in the South of France.

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L Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Provence antiques markets

With an air of Venice, the charming Provence island city of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, criss-crossed by canals, is world famous for its antique furniture markets… L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue has become one of the must-see attractions of the Provence. Situated approximately 25km east of Avignon, this island city offers visitors a glimpse of history… The old, colourful houses bordering the canals, the little bridges, the narrow streets, the food markets on the water, the charming little shops and eateries… Just step in a boat, relax, and take it all in. Next to it’s Venice-like charm, it also boasts a thriving antiques, furniture and arts market. Antique dealers stay open during the weekends for visitors. Twice a year, the famous l’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue Antique Furniture Markets, attracting visitors from all four corners of the globe. These gatherings are held once in April, and once on the 15th August. If you are looking for something special to treasure, or if you want to pick up a bargain, these famous antiques markets in the Venice of Provence will definitely not disappoint… Benvengudo is your ideal choice amongst all the Provence hotels. Located in the heart of Provence, our boutique hotel offers easy access to the delightful village of Les Baux de Provence. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Arles, Avignon are nearby and Marseille International Airport is just over an hour away… See all the Provence attractions, events and historical locations that surround us. Make your online Provence hotel reservation, enquire online or call our friendly Reservations Team on +33 (0)4 90 54 32 54 to book. Browse our classic Provence hotel accommodation rooms or explore our Provence hotel specials, packages and deals for your next Provence holidays, romantic getaways or weekend and mid-week escapes.

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The new summer menu is out

Our new summer menu is out. Here are some examples of dishes signed by Pascal Ginoux, 1 Michelin star Chef.   Le foie gras de canard confit, melon de Cavaillon en aigre doux, fine gelée au Rasteau La lotte rôtie, petit épeautre en risotto au vieux parmesan, vinaigrette vierge au pistou Les fromages de Vincent Vergne, affineur de fromages d’auteurs. La fraise marinée herbes / épices douces, sorbet citron / basilic, madeleine à l’huile d’olive   Our restaurant also serves bistro dishes for lunch, next to our lovely swimming pool in a unique and enchanting setting.

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Benvengudo is partner at the Big Shot Swiss Tour

On May 24th was held the qualifying round of the first edition of the Big Shot Swiss Tour at Golf de Lavaux. The Big Shot is a long distance championship aiming to elect the longest hitters in Switzerland among golf enthusiasts and the general public. The Gentlemen winner shot at 230 m, while the Ladies winner shot at 205 m. Benvengudo distributed a half-board stay at the Hotel Benvengudo with green fees at Golf de Servanes for two persons. Discover our Golf and Gastronomy package in Les Baux de Provence.   

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Mother’s Day

    On Sunday May 25th, 2014, a day dedicated to them, a moment to celebrate and share with family. In this day of celebration, the hotel restaurant Benvengudo Provence invites you to discover a special menu with green asparagus and summer truffles, lamb confit … and more. In a unique and enchanting setting, our family country house is the ideal place to relax, and spend unique and memorable moments.   Mother’s Day Menu at Restaurant Benvengudo : 57 € Wine and Food pairing Menu (1 glass / dish) : 80 € Les asperges vertes de pays et lard de Bigorre servis tièdes, fine gelée de balsamique, parmesan et rappé de truffes d’été ___ Epaule d’agneau confite au fenouil sauvage, pain perdu d’aubergines, mousseline de pois chiche au citron confit, quelques fèves du jardin ___ Les fromages de Monsieur Vergne, maître affineur à Nîmes ___ Sur un pain de Gênes à la pistache, les premières cerises marinées au Rasteau, feuilles de chocolat craquantes et sorbet mousseux   Book your stay now and your table at the Benvengudo gourmet restaurant in Les Baux de Provence.   Quartier de l’Arcoule (D78F) 13520 Les Baux de Provence Phone. +33 (0)4 90 54 32 54 Email : reservations@benvengudo.com

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