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Looking for the Black Diamond

Off the Beaten track

Looking for the Black Diamond

Truffles, the ultimate luxury food

There are mushrooms and there are truffles but….truffles are indeed mushrooms ! Black truffles are one of the best luxury food products whose exotic nature has been enjoyed since ancient Roman times. Today, the famous mushrooms (Tuber Melanosporum) are still a mystery, but they are grown by a handful of enthusiasts such as the « Baron de la Truffe ».

As the truffle season takes place at the end of the year, truffles are also a perfect treat for a trip into the Loire Valley.

Live a unique experience in a private medieval Loire Castle: château du Rivau ! 

Go searching for the “Black Diamond” in the company of “Baron de la truffe”. On a stroll through the truffle field, the truffle-farmer is your guide and reveals the secrets of truffles: how to create a truffle field and how to maintain it, its size and its particular flora. The « Baron de la Truffe » and his dogs take you around the « truffières » and give you an idea about how to look for this incredible mushroom. Get ready to become a real truffle expert !

After the morning’s exertions, the Château welcomes you into its incredible cellars for a Chinon wine tasting. This red wine, produced on site, matches beautifully with the earthy notes of the truffles.

Practical information


Become a real truffle expert


From January to February


From a half day
to a full day activity


English and French


Your hotel in the Loire Valley
St Pierre des Corps/Tours train stations


Luxury car with chauffeur


Extend this unique experience at the Château with a private lunch made with truffles and season vegetables or even stay overnight at the Château in one of the 10 splendid rooms !


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