Cheese Tours of France - A Cheese Lovers Guide to France

by Robbie Doyle on 22-01-2020 in Aritcles1


French cheeses are world-famous So much so, there actual guided tours of all of the best regions of France that produce cheeses. 

Cheeses of France - French Cheeses by regions

So, let's talk about French cheeses.

French cheeses can be divided into three main categories These are the following;

  • pressed cheeses (like most British cheeses)
  • Soft cheeses, such as Camembert
  • Blue cheeses to which can be added a number of hybrids or very individual cheeses.

There are also three different types of milk used to make these cheeses;

Three different types of milk:
Cheese is traditionally  made from three types of milk:

  • Cow's milk
  • Goat's milk
  • Sheep's milk (ewe's milk)

Just to complicate matters even further, these French cheeses are also divided by origin. These are cheeses from the farmhouse (fromages fermiers) , or industrially manufactured cheeses.

If you are still with me on this intriguing topic then the cheeses are made even more distinct by their Labels:
These are traditional regional cheeses with an "appellation d'origine protégée"  (AOP) label (there are about 40 of these), traditional cheeses without an AOP label, and modern dairy-designed and produced cheeses.

Pressed Cheeses

These pressed cheeses are made using Cow's milk. Cantal, Comté, Beaufort, and Abondance, Emmental, Mimolette, (Tomme des) Pyrénées and Reblochon. Cantal is made in the Auvergne mountains, Comtè is produced in the Franche Comté region of eastern France, Beaufort, and Abondance made in a similar manner in the French Alps Emmental is produced in many areas of France whilst Mimilette is produced in the area of Lille in the north of France. (Tomme des) Pyrénées is produced, as you might expect, in the Pyrénées. Last but not least is Reblochon: A rich soft pressed cheese made in the Alps.

Soft French Cheeses

Brie Cheese. There are two sorts of Brie, Brie de Meaux and Brie de Melun. Other favourites are Camembert, Epoisses, Mont d'Or, Gaperon, Munster, Pont l'Evèque and Saint Nectaire make up the soft cheeses. The Brie cheeses are named after two towns that you can find about 50 miles south-east of Paris. Camembert hails from the Normandy region whilst Epoisses gets produced in Burgundy and the delicious Gaperon, semi-soft cheese from comes from Auvergne. Mont d'Or is produced in Franche Comté, Munster is a fairly strong rind-washed soft cheese from the Vosges mountains. Pont l'Evèque is a product of the Normandy coastal area south of Deauville. Saint Nectaire, this is a great cheese from the mountains of the Auvergne.

French Blue Cheeses and 'Other Cheeses'

Blue Cheeses: Bleu de Bresse, Bleu des Causses, Bleu de Gex, Fourme d'Ambert and  Roquefort. Include in the French cheeses are such delicacies as Goats Cheese, cheeses made from Ewe's milk as well as some modern dairy cheeses. These are

  • Saint Agur (a soft blue cheese, made in the Auvergne) ,
  • Brillat-Savarin (an almost buttery soft cheese... delicious, but watch the cholesterol...),
  • Roulade,
  • Saint Albray,
  • Port Salut,
  • Boursin (cream cheese with herbs and garlic).
  • Raclette

You can also add to this any of the local variations.

As you can see, that is a lot of cheese. Rather than delve too deep into the subject on this blog, you may like to read all about these French cheeses and their locations from this magnificent website; Aboutfrance.com

Properties in the Frech Cheese Producing area

There are organised tours of the cheese producing areas of France and you would really need to be an aficionado of the food to go on one. However; Rent-in-France has properties in all of these areas producing all sorts of cheeses and you can pick your favourite and match a fantastic self-catering French rental property to match. What could be better? You can have your cheese and eat it!


Normandy Holiday Cottages in Campeaux, Calvados, Normandy, France - Gite d'Ile
Weekly Rental: From GBP 330 to GBP 395 - Property reference ID: 5944

Rental properties in Normandy, France

Featuring free WiFi, Le Moulin l'Eveque is situated in Campeaux, 47 km from Caen. Bayeux is 40 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site.

All cottages have their own private garden, a patio with a barbecue and a picnic bench. Sun loungers are offered. Each holiday home comes with a kitchen fitted with an oven, a microwave, a toaster and a kettle. Every unit is equipped with a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Towels and bed linen are provided.

Bike hire is available at the property and the area is popular for horse riding and cycling. You can engage in various activities, such as fishing and hiking. Saint-Lo is 23 km from Le moulin l'Eveque, while Avranches is 44 km away. The nearest airport is Deauville – Normandie Airport, 79 km from the property. 

This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Campeaux! Guests are happier about it compared to other properties in the area. See more of this great property.


Jura Farmhouse Rental with swimming pool in the Franche-Comte, France
Weekly Rental: From GBP 700 to GBP 1150 Property reference ID: 146

French cheeses by region

This charming Jura holiday house with swimming pool stands in just over an acre of its own grounds. Croupet is a hamlet with just four permanent residents. It is situated in the Suran valley on a quiet country lane which leads to the villages of La Pérouse and Monnetay.

Ground floor This is divided into the traditional three sections with the kitchen/dining area at one end, the sitting room and stairs in the centre and the utility, WC, shower and heating at the other end.

The kitchen is equipped with a double sink, dishwasher, mixed gas/electric hob, refrigerator, microwave, electric oven, kitchen cabinets and wall cupboards. There is a large refectory table with backed benches. The sitting room has a glass-fronted wood burner, stairs leading to the first floor and a mezzanine. See more details.

There are hundreds of more great self-catering French properties available from the main website pages. Use the easy-to-find search box and search by reference number, area or type of property. If you need help in making a selection, please contact us and we will be delighted to help.


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