Thursday, April 9, 2015

Lavender in Provence : A Distellery worth visiting near Apt/Roussillon

Located about 10mn drive from Apt, on a very scenic road (bendy as I like them), the distillerie des Agnels is a family operated essential oil extraction farm.
When I arrived yesterday I was greeted by Ginger (she's the 5th generation in the Agnels family and the 6th generation is on its way...).
The place was full of the Lemon from Menton which they were processing.
The building looks industrial form the inside but you'll be greeted by either Ginger or her boyfrienc Jonathan as it is a family business.
In the shop you can see a glassware alambic which will show you the process of extraction better than in most other distellery. On a table, you will see and smell Pure Lavender and Lavandin and be able to make the difference in the futur.
If you take the ful 6€ visit, you will also see a 15mn movie (French with english subtitles) and visit the downstair where you will see a big alambic in action....
And if you come between June 20th and August 20th you can also join Grand Pa Raymond Agnel (83) who will take you in his field, talk about Lavender and show you how to harvest it (all that in French of course....)
The Distellery is open 7/7 in the season and most of the week in the low season.

Hameau Les Agnels
Route de Buoux
84400 APT
Tel  : +33 (0)4 90 04 77 00

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