In the north and south of Portugal are two wine estates: Quinta Nova is built on three centuries of history; Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is more than one hundred years old. Two contrasting terroirs; two distinct identities. Yet both are facing up to the challenges of climate change.
Classified as a Sauternes Premier Grand Cru, Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey invites guests to travel through time from the Middle Ages to the Belle Époque. The estate, owned by Lalique Group, includes a two-Michelin-star restaurant and a five-star hotel showcasing works by the iconic glassmaker.
United by their pursuit of perfection and passion for sustainability, Holger Bodendorf, host and chef at Landhaus Stricker Hotel, and Blancpain Manufacture de Haute Horlogerie are committed to protecting Sylt island, a unique site of conservation. Nature, after all, is our greatest treasure.
From cultivating fruit, vegetables, rice and cereals, to rearing rare-breed cattle or keeping bees, the gardens and farms of Relais & Châteaux properties produce an astonishing array of organic products that are as delicious as they are healthy and beneficial for the planet.
For International Women's Rights Day, we met with six women from across Relais & Châteaux and one of our official partners who share their vision, hopes and contributions to the cause.
The celebrated chef of the iconic Le Chabichou restaurant, located in Courchevel 1850, works to a clear objective: ‘cookery in perfect harmony with nature’. With a penchant for ingredients gathered from the forest floor, we asked him to explain how this philosophy affects his cuisine.
An autumnal encounter of two masters – the first of gastronomy, the second of Swiss timepieces – celebrates the great yellow gentian. This seasonal plant can be used in cuisine, liqueurs, even watchmaking.
Cooking over an open fire is as old as humanity’s mastery of fire itself, dating back some 400,000 years. Each region of the world – and indeed nearly every country – has its own tradition and its own distinctive name for it. Time to travel from braai to churrasco and from bulgogi to binchotan.
In the coastal city of La Rochelle, located in the Southwest of France, Coutanceau is a household name. This chef, born and raised in this beautiful city, has regarded the seaside as a playground since childhood. He recently opened an 11-room hotel, La Villa Grand Voile.
Glenn Viel lives life intensely. This intensity is expressed in streamlined, minimalist dishes with powerful, persistent tastes. His life is a race against the clock, and on that race he is accompanied by a Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch from the prestigious master watchmaker Blancpain.
When Carla Sousa leaves the kitchens of the Valverde Hotel in her adopted city of Lisbon, it is to take the road less traveled, far from the city’s typical picture postcard image. This unconventional chef, from Cape Verde, leads us on a colorful gastronomic stroll.
Christopher Coutanceau, the chef-fisherman from La Rochelle and new friend of fine watchmaker Blancpain, takes a moment to talk about his relationship with time. From the lunchtime rush to the future of the oceans, he lives a life of dedication and urgency.
Each year in September and October, grape harvest time marks the beginning of a season of festivities, discoveries and renewal for all vineyard lovers. Here is a selection of 10 properties for a celebration of castles and their harvests.
Beyond its culinary appeal, a meal at a restaurant must carry the meaning of hospitality as it is conveyed by the chef and maître d’hôtel to each patron. Some experiences are so filled with personalized attention that one feels pampered in an exclusive way.
Guests experience wine tourism at more than 250 Relais & Châteaux properties, 60 of which produce wine. On these estates, "sense of place" takes center stage where terroir and passion collide to produce some of the world's most interesting wines, all done with sustainability at top of mind.
For World Bee Day, Manuel Palermo of Testuya’s in Australia carefully assembles a collection of diverse flavors to harmonise with a distinct-tasting Tasmanian honey.
French chef David Toutain’s eponymous restaurant in Paris recently became a Relais & Châteaux member. Despite the challenges of France’s lockdown, the culinary artist continues to make the most of autumn’s delicious bounty.
For World Bee Day, Nico Orduz of 11 Cadogan Gardens in London sources an artisanal Irish honey to match the taste profile of a Hennessy-based Champagne cocktail.
For World Bee Day, Michela Scarello of Agli Amici in Italy pairs a local, cherry blossom honey with Taylor’s White Port.
For World Bee Day, James Hayward of Le 18bar at Hôtel Le Place d’Armes in Luxembourg showcases a creative combination of local, organic and urban honey with Absolut Elyx.
However intentionally low-profile, Chef Elena Arzak has made quite a name for herself over the years, alongside her father, one of Spain’s most celebrated chefs. How? By methodically following in the footsteps of her pioneering parent, guided by research and invention.
In partnership with her sommelier husband, this French-born chef has made Florence’s Ristorante Enoteca Pinchiorri one of Michelin’s most sought-after dining experiences. And now exports her recipes to Japan.
The interview was by phone, as Covid would have it. Just the same, the charm was palpable, the spell woven. For the chef of Dal Pescatore restaurant south of Mantua, Italy, is an accomplished cook – and an equally skilled storyteller.
In Valence, in southeastern France, three-Michelin-star chef Anne-Sophie Pic has turned the famed family establishment into a restaurant that speaks her own unique language.