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La Moutarderie Fallot
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Half-Day Tour of Beaune with Wine Tasting from Dijon
Ranked #3 of 29 Tours in Beaune
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Owner description: The last Mustard Mill in Burgundy , independant burgundian family business since 1840 , just a few steps away from the Hospices de Beaune ! Guided Tours by reservation there directly or through the website
Petaluma, California
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed May 17, 2013

We have used Fallot as our preferred mustard at home in California for years when available. The tour of the factory was very interesting and informative. You get to grind mustard seeds and make your own mustard. There is tasting of many kinds of mustard and a few pairings with food (not a meal, but good). The tour is in English and French. We reserved online easily. On arrival, it was not clear if we needed to get a paper ticket from the cashier (we did not). We had a little trouble finding it, thinking it would be a giant building extensively signed. We should have just looked for the mustard colored storefront and paid attention to the address! If you like mustard, this is the place for you.

Visited May 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Great experience”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Fallot's mustard tour to be recommended. They make a variety of mustards and in the traditional way with stones. The tour explains the process and also shows you the plant where the mustard is made. There was plenty of signage and opportunities for learning in English and other languages apart from French, but when we were there both the tour guides also explained in English to us also making the signage and narration less necessary -- although its good to have it as a backup. The tasting was also fun and fascinating, they make many different flavours of mustard too.

Summary: interesting learning experience, kind and generous help with language translation, but also have a number of technologies that can help with that too. No reason not to go if you have time.

Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Mustard factory was a great break from all the wine tasting”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

France is the world's leading mustard producer. It grinds out 86,000 tonnes a year, and 98% of that is Burgundian. If you want a fascinating insight into this market domination, sign up for a tour at Fallot, who've been making the stuff here since 1840. You can reserve and pay for your tickets in advance on their website, and though the tour will be in French, we had a guide who did English translations for us of her live commentary. In other parts they give you an English print out to follow, or a headset to listen to an English soundtrack.

The tour takes you through the original factory rooms, venerable stone-walled spaces. (Production today is still on site but has moved to more modern rooms.) You start by learning about the plant, its properties, and how it's been used through history. The ancient grindstone, with its ridges carved in opposing directions to achieve a fine grind, is fascinating. Stonemasons needed to re-chisel the lines regularly to keep things going, as the seeds would dull the stone.

Next, you learn how they make the stuff. Turns out there's a reason so much mustard is produced in wine country; after the seeds, the most important ingredient is verjus, a bi-product of wine making. As you'd expect from those numbers, Burgundy used to grow a lot of mustard seed. These days, production far exceeds what Burgundian fields can offer, so the bulk of the seeds come from Canada.

Special mustards, however, are still produced entirely with Burgundian ingredients, and marketed accordingly.

After learning how it's made, you get to try your hand at producing your own mustard. Just three ingredients ... mustard seeds, salt, verjus ... should be easy, eh? Let's just say there's a reason to leave this to the professionals.

After learning the basics, you walk through a model factory filled with century-old equipment, while old Fallot the mustard maker guides you through on a headset. Finally, you emerge with a handful of free little pots, and then move on to the shop. There, you'll find a tasting bar with pumps that allow you to sample a wide variety. I bet you'll buy as much as you can carry.

Visited March 2013
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Locust Valley, New York
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5 reviews
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“Interesting if you have some free time”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We decided to check this out before leaving town. We had problems reserving online through their website using an iPad. We got there, used the kiosk in the lobby to "express reserve" and then found out the was no English tour. The clerk in the tasting room worked out with the guide to offer English after we were initially told it was it an option. It was very nice of her and the tour, which lasted 1.5 hours was interesting. It is more a museum, you do not tour the factory. Still, we learned a lot from the guide with combination of video/audio and enjoyed making our own mustard and sampling snacks with their mustard varieties at the end. The prices in the store were reasonable although we did find some of their products in Beaune at a reduced price but only by an euro or so at most. Worth the trip for us with some time to kill and for only 10€ each and only a 5 minute walk from the center of town. I would suggest reserving in advance especially during busy season as well as verifying in advance if you want a language other than French.

Visited March 2013
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Cuenca, Azuay, Ecuador
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Gourmet Mustard at the source”
Reviewed March 13, 2013

great experience to experience the place where the best mustard is made. You can experience all the types available and purchase in unique crocks.

Visited November 2012
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