It was a long drive, our return to Haute Savoie from England. Fortunately the Channel crossing was smooth, the sun was shining most of the way and the weather was warm. And our tummies were rumbling!
With just over an hour left of our journey to Chinaillon we decided to stop for a light supper at La Cave de la Ferme in the wine village of Frangy, one of the small vineyard areas in Haute Savoie, about 20 miles from Annecy.
Run by Claudine Lupin, sister of wine producer Bruno Lupin, the restaurant is dominated by a huge old wooden wine press (no longer in use!). All is very informal and its patrons are travellers, locals and holiday makers.
As well as a set menu, 4 courses €14.80, there is but one page offering a small selection of local dishes including raclette and cheese fondue. Seriously good locally sourced food too.
We shared a first course of charcuterie of sublime texture and taste.
Our main course was one of their specialities: les diots au vin blanc cuits sur les sarments de vigne. Local pork sausages, not grilled, but simmered in white wine on vine cuttings. I never know whether I notice a hint of woody vine prunings in this dish, but I suppose they do add a little je ne sais quoi!
A green salad with walnuts and potatoes. Often diots are served with small potatoes in their skins but here a plate of lightly sautéed spuds made a pleasant change.
The wine list is short featuring Bruno’s wines as well as small selection of other Savoie wines. Reasonably priced too.
We chose a red wine made in the cellar just behind the restaurant: Mondeuse 2011 Bruno Lupin. Bruno has 5 hectares of vines and they are mainly white – his speciality is Roussette de Savoie. However he does make a little red from Savoie’s speciality grape Mondeuse, so it was a good opportunity to try.
Although related to Syrah, Mondeuse has taste all of its own. Pale ruby. Sour cherry, dry, fresh, soft tannins. Dry, good fine fruit with a touch of sourness that is not off-putting but adds a unique dimension to this typical regional red.
Despite being a very small estate, Bruno Lupin’s wines are exported to the USA and to the UK (imported by Caves de Pyrène). At the auberge, you can buy the wines to take home with you, though note you can only pay by cash or French cheque. However, credit cards are accepted for the restaurant.
La Cave de la Ferme is a delightful place to visit and we were well looked after. A family-run business, Claudine greeted us, her daughter served us charmingly and even Grandma made an appearance when she brought us our wine!
It was dusk when we left, suitably refreshed and ready to complete our journey. If you’re ever near Frangy – 20 miles from Annecy and 25 miles south of Geneva – do try a visit. You could always stay the night as they have a couple of rooms. You will not be disappointed!
La Cave de la Ferme
302, Rue du Grand Pont
Tél./Fax 04 50 44 75 04