From the valley to the summits, the local people have lots to share with you. Here's a small selection of products made in the Annecy Mountains by expert hands.
In one of the oldest chalets in Le Grand Bornand, Didier Perrillat continues to keep the ancestral craft of leatherwork alive. Day after day, this craft saddler puts the same passion into making knife sheaths, gun holsters, straps for all kinds of bells, belts, bags and so on. Most of his work is tailored to the client’s needs. Visit his shop and workshop, and sign up for a hands-on experience to learn more about this noble and ancient profession.
Marie and Antoine are a young soap-making couple whose range of simple, authentic products is based on plants found in the mountains to offer “a stroll in the garden of our childhood”. Small-scale production of soaps, balms and various organic skincare oils, all handmade in the Aravis mountains!
To Régis Bozon, winner of a bronze medal in the international saucisson competition, charcuterie has been a way of life from an early age. He is the only producer in the valley, making, drying and smoking all his products himself at his workshop in Thônes. All his traditional charcuterie, including his famous saucisson, can be found on the markets of the Aravis mountains.
Then, head for the Distillerie des Aravis where siblings Sarah and Romain, whose parents were also distillers, take you behind the scenes of their production of mountain liqueurs, including the authentic Génépi!
To end on an artistically sweet note, discover the chocolate creations of Patrick Agnellet. This reputed chocolatier from Haute-Savoie cultivates the art of the deliciously beautiful, to propose real works of art on which to feast your eyes, before your tastebuds!
An original concept by which every day of the week is an opportunity to meet more of the craftspeople, artists, farmers and producers who create such a wealth of local heritage.
Join them in a life-size workshop to experience their daily contact with the elements in a quest for meaning that really stimulates the senses!