Hi there! Here is an article that will please food lovers! I’m taking you to visit the Graindorge cheese factory in Livarot! A perfect attraction in Normandy if you want to learn more about our cheeses. It’s also one of the ideal visits to do in the region, if the weather is not playing ball!
Livarot will have no more secrets for you!
Livarot, Camembert, Pont l’Evêque and my favorite cheese Neufchâtel (heart-shaped and soft taste) will have no more secrets for you after this visit of Graindorge! The bonus of this activity? It’s totally free and lasts about an hour. Therefore it’s a perfect break for the autumn and winter days. The visit is really fun and educational at the same time, so is suitable for grown-ups and children. Throughout, you’ll discover the process of making the different cheeses, starting with where the milk comes from!
A pretty white cow with brown spots, sunbathing under a blooming apple tree in front of a Norman half-timbered farm! Here is an amazing Norman shot and a beautiful picture of our cows that Graindorge seeks to perpetuate. For this reason the company manufactures its cheeses with as much milk as possible from Normandy.
During this tour in Livarot, you’ll then discover how this milk is processed, then packaged, to arrive on your plates! You’ll go along a corridor with large windows through which you can see different rooms: laboratories, the one with the machines, but also the one where people manually wrap three to five stem strips around the cheeses!
Finally the tour ends with the best part: the tasting! The ‘I cannot help myself I want all these cheese’s baskets now’ moment! Feel free to to taste them as it will help you decide which ones you prefer. Personally, I’m a huge fan of Neufchâtel which has a lighter taste. I recommend it to you if you’re not used to cheese. Livarot is the strongest one, and I must admit that even a Norman like me can have trouble getting used to it!
Why do we make a whole cheese out of it?
First let me explain this french expression! ‘En faire tout un fromage’ is a tasty way to describe an overreaction, which means in English ‘Make a big deal’.
According to the site Wesavoirfaire.com, every year, Frenchies eat on average 26 kg of cheese per person. Basically, the numbers say that we eat, produce and export cheese the most! And guess which cheese is the most exported in the world? The Camembert of course!
Find an hotel in Livarot
Livarot is the ideal village to discover the Pays d’Auge and the countryside in Normandy. It’s a central point between Caen and Bagnoles de l’Orne as it’s only an hour’s drive from both destinations. In addition, you’re also near the beaches of Deauville and Honfleur, if you fancy visiting the Normandy coast. You can also enjoy another gourmet tour nearby with the Château du Breuil which is 30 minutes away … after all this cheese, you’ll need to find a good digestive like the Calvados!
Please find below a list of hotels located in Livarot:
- Les Trois Cheminees: one of the oldest buildings in Livarot and the owner is english;
- La Ferme du Grand Herbage: its private terrace overlooking the garden and meadows and the owners are franco-english!
- La Boursaie: the charm and calm of a Norman half-timbered house;
What is your favourite cheese? Please tell me in the comment section and let me discover new ones from where you’re from!
Boujou (the Norman way to say XOXO)
|Free entrance |
If you can, visit Graindorge in the morning to see the whole production process
Opening hours here
Address: 42, rue Général-Leclerc 14140 LIVAROT
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