Gastronomy in the spotlight
Finest restaurantsFor foodies, the region boasts plenty of restaurants, each as charming as the next, dotted all over the region. To help you make your choice and sample the very best Vendée cuisine on offer, we have selected some of the finest establishments, with one or more Michelin stars, a "Bib Gourmand", a Michelin "assiette" or a Gault & Millau award. The selection also includes new restaurants in Vendée, as well as existing restaurants offering new menus and dishes.
RecipesSome of our local chefs from here in Vendée have kindly agreed to share their recipes, so you can put your own culinary talents to the test and delight your guests.
Wine tourismThe department's wine-growers can be found on the hillsides of Southern Vendée and in the foothills of the Bocage Vendéen. Vendée has retained its tradition for family-run wine growing over the centuries. The stand-out local wines are the Fiefs Vendéens - little known among the public but highly prized among connoisseurs. These wines were awarded the prestigious controlled designation of origin (AOC) title in 2011. Since fine cuisine and fine wine make the perfect marriage, wine tourism is a fantastic way to explore the Vendée by getting better acquainted with its "fiefs". Local wine-growers organise bike tours of the vines, wine tastings and visits to new wineries to introduce visitors to Vendée's rich wine culture.
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