Oyster breeding has been a long tradition of the island.
In Ars en Ré area, you can visit the oyster farms, they have some guided tour with video, in situ tour..etc... Also, don't forget to visit the stalls packed with the oysters. The women there are very helpful, would give you all information. I remembered having asked sthg without any intention to buy, they were happy to give the information.
The guy who works in the oyster beds was less communicative though... Yet, visiting the farm, understanding the breeding process is really interesting.
Unfortunately, I couldn't remember the name of the farm. It is near salty marshes of Ars. May that help?
Still hesitating building this since I couldn't visit any winery... They close at 6pm, that we didn't know.. so we were too late for the visit.
Pineau des Charentes, Cognac being products specific to the Charentais region that includes Charentes and Charentes- Maritime departments.
However, a local who could visit told me about where is worth the (guided) visit, with comprehensive information. It's:
Vignerons de l'Ile de Ré
Pineau des Charentes - Cognac
Le Bois Plage 17580
Visits of wine storehouses in July- August: 10.30 and 3.30 pm
All year around: group visits on demand;
Reception and tasting, in the storeroom of the vine growers. Advice of oenologist and professionals.
I missed the visit (because we couldn't find the access easily) so I found it useful to give you the opening hours.
- July- August: mon- sat; 9am - 12.30pm and 2.30pm - 7pm.
- April, May, June and September: mon- sat; 9am - 12am and 2pm - 6pm.
- October- March: mon- fri; 9am - 12am and 2pm - 6pm.
Now, you wouldn't miss anything!! Ooh! in case you miss it, you can always return to St-Martin to experience the restaurants and spend a cool evening à table (check my restaurants tips!!!).
To know more of the products and their histories, see below website.