Wine tasting near Honfleur – La Cave

If you are looking for a wine tasting near Honfleur in Normandy you should look no further than La Cave. They are located in the heart of Pays d’Auge, just a stones throw north of Honfleur harbour. A wine tasting experience can be a stuffy experience, especially when in France, but we have visited La Cave before and we knew that we would be in for some fun – French wine tasting with charm, humour and passion.

The owners come from 7 generations of wine importers and vineyard owners and are highly passionate about wine, but there is no fuss or lectures just a wealth of knowledge and advice.

They want you to discover the wines for yourself, so our host only reveals what you’ve been drinking when you’ve fully experienced it. We are a big foodie family and the men in particular have become quite the wine connoisseurs. So, this wine tasting near Honfleur turned into a battle of minds and somewhat of an elegant party game (not so elegant towards the end haha)…

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave.

 

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If you are looking for a wine tasting near Honfleur in Normandy you should look no further than La Cave. They are located in the heart of Pays d'Auge, just a stones throw north of Honfleur harbour. A wine tasting experience can be a stuffy experience, especially when in France, but we have visited La Cave before and we knew that we would be in for some fun - French wine tasting with charm, humour and passion.

 

We arrived on a cold but sunny afternoon pleased to see the fire already alight. The wine store was shut so we had it all to ourselves.

The room is warm and simple with smells of burning logs, the wood from crates and lingering red wines.

The rustic hanging table sparkled with wine glasses and slices of Normand charcuterie was laid out on plates.

 

If you are looking for a wine tasting near Honfleur in Normandy you should look no further than La Cave. They are located in the heart of Pays d'Auge, just a stones throw north of Honfleur harbour. A wine tasting experience can be a stuffy experience, especially when in France, but we have visited La Cave before and we knew that we would be in for some fun - French wine tasting with charm, humour and passion...

Rustic table set with wine glasses and charcuterie.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Charcuterie.

 

We discovered La Cave last year. They are a progressive wine retailer, meaning they don’t just stick to the big classic brands. This is not a snobby place – they have a passion for great wine no matter the cost or size of the vineyard.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Bottles Of Wines.

Evolving wine collection.

Their selection is ever evolving, which will keep us coming back. The prices are good too. He’s a really honest chap who will be straight up about when to buy, when to store and when to drink.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Honest Wine Expert.

Honest advice.

They also take the time to get to know their customers and lead them to new discoveries. So, the obvious next step for us was to book a wine-tasting. So, here we are – ready to spend an afternoon supping and learning about wines.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Wine Map.

Learning has never been so much fun!

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Wine Tasting Experience.

 

The atmosphere is really friendly and in no time we are relaxed into the event, sniffing and swirling. I pretend I know what I am doing. But mainly I’m playing with Instastories.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Trying Out The Wine.

 

It’s so much fun discovering wine when your loved ones are doing it with you.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Guessing The Wine.

 

The name of this wine was on the tip of James tongue – literally!

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Trying To Guess The Wine.

 

It was so much fun listening to the guesses and reasoning behind them. The guys knew much more than us girls, but we all learnt so much from our host.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Trying White Wine.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Sniffing White Wine.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Discovering Wines.

 

When the wines were finally revealed, you’d think we were on the final of some game show haha.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. The Wines Are A Surprise.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Interesting Bottles.

 

And that’s how we went on – remembering great restaurants of the past where we’d had this wine or that, daring to compare with the occasional Italian bottle (we had done a wine tasting in Tuscany this year). All the time being guided and corrected by our enthusiastic host.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave.

 

Wine tasting near Honfleur is a strictly French affair!

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Discovering Bottles Of Wine.

 

We both enjoyed seeing our growing family be challenged to grow their knowledge in such a hands on way. If being mates with your children is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. A Family Experience.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Pouring The Wine.

 

Wonderfully, our host is enjoying our passion for wine and for the experience, claiming he loves to be with customers who share his passion as it inspires him further. The feeling was mutual.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Wine Tasting Experience.

 

Even our Charlotte tried a glass (or at least a few sips!). She doesn’t normally drink wine but was tempted to give it a try.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Young Woman Drinking Wine.

 

In our group, it was the boys that really got into guessing the wines. Some googling and searching was done.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. learning About The Wines.

 

Mostly there was a lot of looking at the colour…

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Exploring The Wines.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Looking At The Wines.

 

James did incredibly well. These wines were not easy to work out. So chuffed we’ve brought up a wine connoisseur..!

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Teaching Us About The Wines.

 

Andy was great at the knowledge but mentioned something about jet-lag (yada yada). (I’m not sure he actually got one right).

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave.

 

Me? Well, I’m a bit of a light weight – I just had a blast!

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave.

 

The wines our host picked were incredibly well suited to us. Your wine tasting might be full of different wines more to your tastes.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Sampling The Wines.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Discovering Excellent Wines.

 

Finally we should have thanked our brilliant host and left. Then someone had the idea of sending out the girls to buy some tarts from the nearby bakery.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. La Cave window.

The girls were sent our for dessert!

We, my friends, were having Dessert wine.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Dessert Wine.

Dessert wine.

It was incredible and we ended up buying 3 to take home (I’m in charge of dessert for New Years Eve!).

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Pouring Dessert Wine.

 

If you are on the look out for a wine tasing near Honfleur, I would highly recommend booking La Cave. We (as you could see) had a super time. We learnt so much and it was another fun bonding experience.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave. Pouring The Dessert Wine.

 

Thank you to my darling daughter Charlotte for taking most of these photos, even though she was feeling poorly and doesn’t drink wine, she was such a good sport.

 

Wine Tasting Near Honfleur - La Cave.

 

This is not a sponsored post, I’m just sharing the love!

This Wine tasting near Honfleur takes place once a month. You need a party of 8 or more.

La Cave Facebook page.

La Cave online store.

527 Avenue Charles Houssaye D579A 14600 Équemauville France. T +33 9 54 10 42 74 or [email protected]

 

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47 Comments

  1. Andy
    December 30, 2017 / 9:34 am

    A full bodied post! Trés Bien! Love it! Let’s go back next year. Xx

    No thing more excellent or more valuable was granted to man by God…. Plato

    • Maria Kelly
      December 30, 2017 / 10:33 am

      Haha! Well ok then! xxx

  2. December 31, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    A delight for the senses….I can smell the fire burning and anticipate the favor of your wine.
    Excellent post!

    • Maria Kelly
      January 1, 2018 / 10:48 am

      Thank you so much Rosemary! We had a wonderful experience – I really recommend it if you are ever that way. Happy New Year xx

  3. December 31, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I’ve been thinking about doing a vacation to the Napa Valley area for some wine tasting, so this is right up my alley! Pinned for future reference.

    • Maria Kelly
      January 1, 2018 / 10:41 am

      We’ve been to Napa Valley – it was wonderful! Happy New Year Ellen x

  4. January 3, 2018 / 9:57 am

    Never done wine tasting before..but this sounds really fun. X

    • Maria Kelly
      January 3, 2018 / 10:37 am

      We’ve done it a few time now as my husband and son know quite a lot about wine. It has become a bit of a tradition if we are travelling to a region that is famous for great wines x

  5. January 3, 2018 / 10:31 am

    nice post. I never had an opportunity to take part in such a lovely event.
    It must have been an excellent experience. Your snaps have beautifully captured the mood.

    • Maria Kelly
      January 3, 2018 / 5:46 pm

      Thank you so much – my daughter is wonderful at capturing moments and it was a fantastic event x

  6. January 3, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    Wow, I’ve never gone wine tasting before but I really want to give it a try! Seems like you had fun 🙂 Great post!

  7. January 3, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    as a student hotelmanagement, I really liked this post. I live in Belgium and often go to France for a weekend away, I’ll make sure to put this on my list!

    • Maria Kelly
      January 6, 2018 / 8:17 am

      I’m thrilled, please say ‘hello’ to them from us! I’m sure you’ll have a great time x

  8. January 4, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Oh wow… what amazing place and experience it is! I would love to get knowledge about wine tho. It is so interesting and inspirational!

    • Maria Kelly
      January 6, 2018 / 8:20 am

      Yes, even I’m picking bits up haha! My husband and son are so knowledgable now and it’s great fun to see them challenged. I love the stories behind each wine – the vineyards and owners passion etc x

  9. January 5, 2018 / 10:39 am

    This is one of those places where you should visit when you want to fresh up your mind and need a whole new perspective. Nice description.

    • Maria Kelly
      January 6, 2018 / 8:30 am

      Thank you Anshul. To be honest my mind wasn’t feeling so fresh the following day. The wine picked for us was so good I may have over done it – a little! x

  10. January 6, 2018 / 8:11 am

    This looks awesome. I love a nice glass of red and the bar decor and ambiance seems to make for a great atmosphere. I’ll be sure to visit here if I’m ever in Normandy.

    • Maria Kelly
      January 6, 2018 / 8:45 am

      Brilliant! The atmosphere is brilliant! I might bump into you – we plan to head back there next year too if we can x

  11. January 6, 2018 / 10:06 am

    That looks truly fabulous. I love a spot of wine tasting #blogstravaganza

    • Maria Kelly
      January 6, 2018 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks – so do we! It’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon! x

  12. January 6, 2018 / 11:39 am

    Looks like you had a fab time Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

    • Maria Kelly
      January 6, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      Really fab, thanks Nige x

  13. January 6, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    This sounds like a wonderful experience. We love wine, but haven’t been to France yet. We will have to go? #blogstravaganza

    • Maria Kelly
      January 7, 2018 / 7:53 am

      The wonderful thing here is you book as a small group and they close the shop. So you can be as loud or relaxed as you want. If you love wine you’ll be introduced to some well priced surprises x

  14. January 6, 2018 / 5:24 pm

    I love the detail on the hem and those shoes are to die for! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Maria Kelly
      January 7, 2018 / 7:55 am

      Thank you Zoe! Victorian style booties are becoming all the rage – you heard it here first haha! x

  15. January 6, 2018 / 5:27 pm

    This looks fab! Neither myself or my husband drink, but if we did I would definitely love to try something like this! You all look so happy! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Maria Kelly
      January 7, 2018 / 7:57 am

      We had such a good time, thanks Zoe. We are a close family and do a lot of bonding over food, wine and travel x

  16. January 7, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    This looks like so much fun! What a lovely way to spend some time with your family. Thanks for sharing with #Blogstravaganza 🙂

    • Maria Kelly
      January 7, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      It is a fun afternoon bonding over bottles of wine with their romantic stories. Great fun guessing the wine too! x

  17. January 7, 2018 / 8:35 pm

    Ooh I would love to go wine tasting and this place looks perfect. It looks like you all had great time. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Maria Kelly
      January 8, 2018 / 8:38 pm

      It was wonderful thank you so much! x

  18. January 8, 2018 / 9:48 am

    This looks such a lovely way to spend time!!! I love how everyone got so into it!!

    • Maria Kelly
      January 8, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      Thank you! We tend to go all in when we do something and have had so many great times together x

  19. Sarah - Mud Cakes and Wine
    January 8, 2018 / 11:10 am

    What a wonderful time you all had and then photos are wonderful. I would be awful at this but would love to try the wines

    • Maria Kelly
      January 8, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Me too! Maybe I know more than I think but the boys are so far ahead I’m happy to slurp and leave the thinking to them x

  20. January 8, 2018 / 3:46 pm

    Awesome post! Love all the photos. Looks like a lovely time out

    • Maria Kelly
      January 8, 2018 / 8:37 pm

      Thank you! We love spending time together. Honfleur is an amazing little town and this was the cherry on the cake x

  21. January 11, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    This looks like so much fun. I haven’t been wine tasting in forever and I want to go now now!

    • Maria Kelly
      January 11, 2018 / 9:24 pm

      It was fun and we learnt so much Emma. They taught us about some wonderful wines that were bargains too. They took the snobbery out of it and focused on the quality x

  22. January 11, 2018 / 8:24 pm

    That looks like so much fun – & something my husband & I would love to do. I’d love to know more about what I drink. Happy New Year #TeamLovinLife

    • Maria Kelly
      January 11, 2018 / 9:25 pm

      Me too Jo to be honest- I get distracted then wish I’d taken more in. I have learnt snippets tho’ and I guess that all adds up x

    • Maria Kelly
      January 14, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Thank you Leanne. My daughter is so good at capturing moments on camera. We had a great time x

  23. kathymarris
    January 13, 2018 / 6:35 am

    You certainly whetted my appetite with French wine tasting and those delicious platters. I have only travelled to Paris in France but would love to do some wine tasting in Normandy someday. #TeamLovinLife

    • Maria Kelly
      January 14, 2018 / 8:34 am

      Normandy is a completely different experience and pace. I thoroughly recommend it! x

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