The Confiserie Leblanc
At the foot of the village of Banon, just below the Contadour plateau, in the heart of the Haute-Provence so admirably described by author Jean Giono, you’ll discover the Confiserie Chocolaterie Leblanc in an eco-built, wooden building.
La Confiserie Leblanc
C’est au pied du Village de Banon, adossée au plateau du Contadour, au cœur de cette Haute-Provence admirablement décrite par l’écrivain Jean Giono, que vous découvrirez la Confiserie Chocolaterie Leblanc.
The Confiserie Chocolaterie Leblanc in Banon is a workshop that makes spreads, chocolate-covered fruit and dried fruit, fruit jellies and other chocolate confectionery.
Free commented tasting every day. Guided tour on request.
Possibility of free commented tasting from 9 to 40 people, please book ahead
BANON'S ARTISANAL CONFECTIONERY
The production workshops and the direct sales shop have been installed in an eco-built HEQ wooden building. (HEQ: High Environmental quality: building in wood, high insulation, solar panels, green roof, etc.).
For a good explanation of the craftsmanship know-how involved, you can get a glimpse of all the stages in making chocolates, fruit jellies, spreads and chocolate-coated dried fruit, you can see the confectioners working on their copper turbines, chocolate melters, drying ovens, crushers and enrobing lines from a glazed cabin.
Just next door, there is a lovely factory shop with a wide range of delicious products: palm oil-free organic fruit jellies with hazelnuts, chocolate-coated fruit and aperitif almonds with a variety of coatings, such as the famous Banon goat cheese
On the first floor mezzanine, you can see an exhibition on the Black Bee of Provence and the stakes involved in the protection of pollinating insects.
This family farm has been installed in Redortiers le Contadour since 1976, and the Burcheri family grows, at altitudes between 800 and 1100 metres, perfume plants (lavender, lavandin, clary sage), cereals (wheat, lentils, chick peas, small spelt and chestnuts). They also have a beekeeping activity and their apiary is spread over several communes in order to obtain different varieties of honey. Their products can be found on the farm at “Le Janorat” on the D950 from Banon to Revest-du-Bion.
📍 Le Janorat – Redortiers
Indulge in the pleasures of reading with the 110,000 titles in this famous bookshop. It’s the biggest independent French bookshop in a rural area.
Great literary encounters, debates, signing sessions, literary siestas and reading workshops are regularly organized.
Rue Saint-Just – Banon
The garden of the Abbaye de Valsaintes is a unique venue in the heart of Haute Provence.
The remarkable garden offers visitors a different aspect with each season. Discover the rose garden, the dry garden, and the vegetable garden in permaculture on its terraces. The church, which is all that remains of the 4th Cistercian abbey in Provence, can be visited and it often echoes to the melody of Gregorian chant.
📍 Lieu dit Boulinette – Simiane La Rotonde