The history and significance of wine and cheese in France

The history and significance of wine and cheese in France, explained.
The history and significance of wine and cheese in France, explained.

Discover how cheese and wine leave their mark on a landscape carved from volcanoes.

Classic French staples

Cheese and wine has always been central to the tables of France. In one area, you will also find it on walls and floors. There are no gargoyles or saints on the walls of the 10th-century church in La Chaulme, Puy-de-Dôme. Instead, there are effigies of sausages, ham, eggs and local cheese Fourme D’Ambert.

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France's oldest cheese

Blue Fourme D’Ambert: arguably the country’s oldest cheese.
Blue Fourme D’Ambert: arguably the country’s oldest cheese.

Arguably the country’s oldest cheese, the blue Fourme D’Ambert takes its name from the cylindrical mould that forms its shape. With its delicate, earthy taste, it was and is vital ...

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