Roquefort-sur-Soulzon Travel Guide

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  • Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
    by JLBG
  • Roquefort-sur-Soulzon
    by JLBG

Roquefort-sur-Soulzon Things to Do

  • Lavogne

    This miniature shows a traditional sheepfold in the background with a ''lavogne'' in the foreground. A lavogne is a doline that has been paved to get a semi natural watering place for the sheep. On the left, the shepherd's shelter can be seen.The second and the third photo were not taken in the Roquefort area but some 1,000 km away, in Istria. I do...

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  • Other ''Papillon'' cheese

    When there is plenty of milk, at Papillon's (others do the same) they make other kind of ewe cheeses, under another brand to avoid any confusion.At one time (20 years ago or so) there was not enough milk and ewe milk from the Pyrénées and from Corsica was used for Roquefort making, which is not allowed anymore as there is enough milk. Only the...

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  • Maturing cheese

    These white cheese that already contains the Penicillium lay on their side. The master cheese maker checks them everyday for month, and when necessary drills a sample to check the inside. When he considers that the cheese is done, women, the ''cabanières'' wrap each one in a tin foil so that the Penicillium will not have any air anymore and will...

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  • The ''Papillon'' company

    The ''Papillon'' company organizes too a visit of their cave. The visit is free but much shorter than Roquefort Société but different. You should visit both. You can take pictures.They have used their name ''Papillon'' (butterfly) for their logo

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  • One of those ''fleurines''

    The cracks or faults are better known as “fleurines”. It is through the complex system of interconnected fleurines that the air runs through the caves. Thus, it maintains the conditions of wetness (95-99%) and temperature constant (7-11°C).

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  • Raw cheese

    Different stages of the process are shown in the show room of Gabriel Coulet. More explanation will be given in Papillon cave.The different stages are :1) cheese draining in a mould2) drained cheese3) on the left, drained cheeses gathered to be sent to Roquefort for maturing4) on the left, center of the picture, matured cheese ready to wrap in tin...

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  • Gabriel Coulet cave

    The Gabriel Coulet cave is not open for visit but instead, they have arranged a very interesting show room.On one of the walls a painting represents peasants having a “casse-croûte” in the field and sharing Roquefort.

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  • The Church

    From the entrance of the Roquefort Society caves, you can view the church. It was build recently and has a modern style, though its architect has been strongly inspired by the ancient local style of building.

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  • The first Société

    At the turn of the 19th century, several small companies associated themselves and created the ''Société Anonyme des Caves Associées de Roquefort'', which name remains on this building. The name was too long and it became ''Roquefort 'Société, the main company in Roquefort.But Roquefort cheese was well known much earlier. The Romans bought it (not...

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  • On top of the city

    Roquefort Société headquarters are at the upper extremity of the city. It is a long and steep way walking up there, but it is worth it ! There is a small parking lot close to their building but it is easily full up. If you want to avoid the long walk, you might try to park there, but do not forget that you have only a little chance to get a free...

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  • Roquefort Société, largest company

    Roquefort Société is the largest company and the only one among the 16 Roquefort companies that sells abroad. They organize a very interesting visit (2.3 euros) but no photos can be taken. Don't forget that the temperature is always under 8°C in the caves.

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  • Narrow streets, no, narrow street !

    The city is hilly, clung to the feet of the cliff. As space is limited, the streets are narrow and often, there is not enough space to have a pedestrian sidewalk. Be cautious, trucks of the “Roquefort Société” caves are busy and drive fast ! BTW, there is only one street !

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  • Walk up

    Once you have parked your car out of the city (see travel tip), you have to walk up steep mountain streets.Great panels advertising for visiting the caves are everywhere. It would be difficult to miss a visit !

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  • The final traditionnal product

    Generally they Roquefort are not sold as 2.5 kg pieces. They can be cut by the middle of the height (10 cm high) giving 1.250 kg ''half cheese'' or cut a second time following a diameter, giving 625 g ''quarter cheese''. Then the tin foils (which are reused for next cheese) are replaced by an aluminum foil with the name of the company, ready for...

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  • Bread for the Penicillium roqueforti

    The Papillon company processes it's Roquefort the traditionnal way. The day fresh ewe milk is made curdled. After a few hours, it is drained. After draining, it is spread with some of the powder shawn in the flask on the right of the picture.This powder is prepared in the following way. A few bowls of rye bread are prepared and cooked at very high...

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Roquefort-sur-Soulzon Restaurants

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    by JLBG Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    This is THE Restaurant in Roquefort. ! Amazingly, while the visitors to Roquefort are many, there is only one restaurant in the city. It is not very large and at dining time, it is quickly packed. The menu is OK but does not seem outstanding. Then, another possibility is to by in a local "épicerie" a lump of bread, a few fruits, to seat on a bench and to taste the Roquefort cheese that you have bought at the end of the visit. That was what we did and were very happy with it !

    Favorite Dish: Roquefort cheese !

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Roquefort-sur-Soulzon Transportation

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    by JLBG Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    As space is very limited in the town, space for parking is also very limited. There is few parking inside the city. The Roquefort Société has a private one for visitors but it is not very large. Do not rely on it ! A large parking lot has been recently built at the entrance of the city. You have better to park there and walk.

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Roquefort-sur-Soulzon Warnings and Dangers

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    by JLBG Updated Nov 16, 2004

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    The temperature in the caves stays all year long between 6 and 8°C and humidity between 95 and 99%. As the visit of the Roquefort Society caves lasts 90 minutes, you should be prepared and clothe appropriately, as if it were winter !

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