History of the House & Land
Nestled between 10 acres of truffle orchard and its own private woodland, Château de La Fuye is a traditional stone manor dating back to the 15th century. High stone walls and exterior fortifications give a glimpse into the building’s more turbulent history – formal gardens and rolling lawns are indications of the current, more gentle climate!
The Truffle Orchard
Set in the shadow of the medieval château, the truffle orchard at La Fuye comprises around 800 oak trees – a combination of Holm Oak (Quercus ilex) and English Oak (Quercus robur). The trees were grown from the saplings of symbiont oaks, meaning that their roots contain some of the micro-structures of the Black Truffle (Tuber melanosporum), also known as spores. The composition of the soil, with its high limestone content - coupled with the climate - is ideal for the cultivation of Black Truffles, the most prized and valuable French truffle.
Working the Land
The trees are hand-pruned twice a year and the soil between the trees is regularly ‘worked’ (tilled to control weed growth). Everything that is done is sympathetic to the principles of organic production – no chemicals are or ever have been used in the orchard.
The harvesting of the truffles at La Fuye is usually in late November/early December and January and is performed by a special ancient breed of dog specifically bred for the purposes of ‘hunting’ truffles, the Lagotto Romagnolo.