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Visit A Producer or Open Your House to Visitors

Visiting a producer of food, having a tour of the production site and learning more about the product helps in appreciating and understanding your food. In many wine regions across Europe it's very customary to just walk in at a wine maker and taste.

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One of my favorite wine-making regions is the Champagne. Not only for the product, but also other local food products and the landscape itself. We love to tour around and visit small champagne houses, taste wine and learn. The cellars are often impressive. It made our connection with champagne even deeper than it already was.

The same goes for other regions in Europe, but especially in the Chianti region in Italy and the Jerez region (sherry) in Spain the local food is amazing, too.

In some places, it is also possible to visit producers of food. It is fun, great to taste, and some food items make excellent souvenirs.

In the pictures are chardonnay grapes and bottles of rose champagne at different champagne houses. The grapes are actually tastier than table grapes.


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Mohammad, that sounds so cool. I would love to go there one day, so I'm putting it on my destinations list. Thanks. And talking about travel destinations, the list Jean linked to also makes for some serious travel fun. Thanks, thanks, thanks.

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Qamsar in Esfahan, is somehow like your described location, Champagne. Instead in Qamsar they produce Golab (rose water). It uses in foods for it's amazing smell and also as perfume.
It's usual that travelers visit producers's workhouse and farms, learn from them and buy what they want.
They have a yearly festival at late of April, perfect time for picking rose flowers.

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This Fair Trade Federation site lists ways for people to meet and interact with producers of anything from coffee to crafts to Palestinian olive oil.

Knowing the origins of the foods we eat and the products we buy is so powerful! (Thus, this challenge :)

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Haha, Yes, it's amazing how many great producers there are. But indeed, the possibility to visit a producer and learn about the process makes you feel more connected to what you consume.

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Hey Arjan – I house-sat a friend's chateau in Champagne over summer a few years back. The thing I most remember was that you could get a really fine drop everywhere – even when ten-pin bowling or at rural flea-markets!

But seriously – you're right... this kind of thing creates a deepened connection and awareness with rural products. I'm keen to know from Australians how advanced food tourism is in Queensland?