Calvados Time

Experience unforgettable moments with Norman Calvados producers

Over 60 events are scheduled from May to December 2019

The unprecedented Calvados Time activities are designed to promote spiritourism (tourist activities in regions where spirits are produced) around Calvados, famous Norman spirit. The professionals who worked on this project have let their imagination run wild to organize unique activities in the secret world of spirit cellars and stills: a snack under flowered apple trees, a cocktail-making workshop, a brunch in the fruit orchards or next to the still, a session to create your own Calvados or a night tour with background music. Over 60 events are scheduled at the estate of ten Calvados producers and at Calvados Experience from May to December. In this period, the visitors can follow apple maturation from Spring, when apple trees turn pink in the Norman countryside, to Autumn, when the high number of apples makes fruit orchards turn red and gold.

Meeting Calvados producers, all of them our partners

Calvados Christian Drouin

Calvados Drouin

Guillaume Drouin perpetuates his family traditions and innovates at the same time. In his estate, you can find apple trees, manors, half-timbered outhouses and much more. Pomme prisonnière, about 30 vintage Calvados, Calvados aged in Xérès, Porto or Rivesaltes barrels result from a great passion, awarded with 154 gold medals within 3 generations!

PLAY AND DISCOVER THE ESTATE – CALVADOS QUIZ
Come and discover the estate with your family. While wandering in the fruit orchards and cellars, answer a quiz and become a champion about distillery. A prize is awarded at the end of the game.
On Thursdays, May 2nd and October 24th.

BREAD-MAKING WORKSHOP: MAKE A DOUGH, SHAPE IT AND BAKE IT
An old bread oven has been put back into operation at the estate. Come and make your own bread with cider. Fermentation and cooking will leave you some free time to discover the fruit orchards. Then, come back and taste your own bread.
On Wednesday, July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st and August 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th from 2 pm to 5:30 pm.

COCKTAIL WORKSHOP
Experience the art of mixology and discover delicious Calvados-based cocktails. Guided by a professional barman, you’ll learn how to blend, shake, mix Calvados with other ingredients, and then taste, of course! Alcohol-free cocktails for the under 18.
On Thursdays, July 11th, August 1st and 22nd at 3 pm and 5 pm

STORYTELLING VISIT AND BUFFET DINNER
The sunset sheds a new light on the fruit orchards and the distillery becomes a mysterious place: the time has come to listen to the apple story. The visit ends with a buffet dinner.
On Thursdays, July 18th and 25th, August 8th and 15th from 6:30 pm to 9 pm.

Prices and booking: www.calvados-drouin.com

Manoir d'Apreval

Manoir d'Apreval

This estate, situated on the heights of Honfleur, was bought by the grandfather of Agathe Letellier at the beginning of the 20th century. Delicious apple juices, ciders and Calvados are obtained from 17 different varieties of organic apples.

CALVADOS, THE SECRET OF THE ANGELS
Once you’ve learned everything about distillation, you can participate to a smelling and tasting workshop to stimulate your senses. Take a seat inside or outside if the weather is nice and taste other spirits produced at the estate like cider or pommeau.
On Thursday, July 11th, on Monday, August 5th, on Tuesday, September 10 and on Friday, October 25th at 11 am.

CALVADOS TAKES CENTRE STAGE
After visiting the half-timbered cellars dating to the 18th century and discovering the Calvados fabrication process, listen to the suggestions of your guide and show your talent as a barman by creating your own cocktail (it must contain Calvados, of course!).
On Thursday, July 4th, on Monday, July 22nd, August 26th, October 28th at 11 am

Prices and booking: www.apreval.com

Château du Breuil

Château du Breuil

This half-timbering castle with pink tiles and varnished bricks was property of noble families. The Château du Breuil company was founded in 1954 by Philippe Bizouard who comes from a family of Calvados distillers. This society, transforming every year about 37 million apples, is now directed by Didier Bédu.

CHATEAU DU BREUIL CELEBRATES SUMMER
Summer is here! Discover the Château du Breuil and the “5 senses” visit. Walk around in the park after the closing time, smell the perfumes of summertime and discover the fabrication secrets of the Calvados AOC Pays d’Auge. The visit ends with a tasting of cocktails served with tapas in the private hall of the Orangerie.
On Friday, June 21st at 7 pm.

LAND AND SEA PAIRINGS
Visit the estate and discover the fabrication secrets of the Calvados Château du Breuil AOC Pays d’Auge. Then find out the best Calvados / seafood pairings by tasting a plate of seafood -directly coming from the Côte Fleurie- in a park with centenary trees.
On Thursday, July 18 at 11 am

PICNIC UNDER THE APPLE TREES
At the end of the guided visit of the distillery, reach the beautiful orchards and receive the picnic you’ll enjoy there. Enjoy this enchanting setting in the countryside.
On Thursday, August 1st at 11 am

BRUNCH AT THE CELLAR
The Château du Breuil organizes a brunch in the hall of the Orangerie, at the heart of the ageing cellars, together with the experts of the Maison. As a drink, taste the most unusual Calvados!
On Sunday, August 25th at 12 pm

Prices and booking: https://chateau-breuil.info

Calvados Expérience

Calvados Expérience

Set in Pont l’Evêque, on the site of the former cellars of Père Magloire Calvados, the Calvados Experience is a world-class attraction for both adults and children. Discover and understand the Calvados fabrication process with a unique, fun and surprising journey available in 8 different languages.

COCKTAIL TIME
After visiting Calvados Expérience and discovering all the secrets of Calvados, you can approach mixology -the art of making cocktails- and prepare Calvados-based cocktails, of course. In partnership with Antoine Garrel, founder of the Cocktail Box.
On Saturday, May 4th and 8th, June 1st and 15th, July 6th and 20, August 10th, 24th and 31st from 4 pm to 6 pm.

COCKTAIL AND CONCERT
After the Calvados Expérience private visit, you can attend a harpsichord and percussion concert, a link between the past and the present, and taste cocktails and Calvados. Consume with moderation. In partnership with the Hameau Fleuri’s concerts.
On Saturday, August 3rd at 8 pm.

Prices and booking: www.calvados-experience.com

How to get there

GOOD TO KNOW

Most visits must be booked in advance. The detailed program is available in the tourism offices of the Calvados region. The “Calvados Time” events can be downloaded from the dedicated page: www.calvadostime.fr.
Calvados Time is coordinated by the local Calvados Attractivité agency to promote spiritourism in Calvados, the French department that gave the name to the famous Norman elixir.
The 2019 edition is launched in collaboration with the tourism offices of Pont l’Evêque Terre d’Auge and Normandie Cabourg Pays d’Auge, and the 11 participating sites.

 

Alcohol abuse is dangerous for health. Consume with moderation.