As soon as you arrive, you will be charmed by the Manoir du Coquerel, nestled in the greenery of the Normandy "Bocage".
Were they will welcome you and explain to you the manufacturing process of this century old eau de vie : Calvados.
Still producing its Calvados in respect of the Normand tradition, yet using today's technology. The apples are washed and taken to a grating machine where they are turned into pulp. The pulp is conveyed to a press, spread out between two perforated sheets of metal and driven through two high-pressure rollers. The apple-juice thus produced is called the must.
The apple juice is left to ferment naturally over several months as the sugar gradually turns into alcohol. "It becomes cider".
It is only after this fermentation process that this cider can be distilled to produce "eau de vie de cidre", Calvados.
The Cider Factory.
From September to November you will have the chance to visit our cider factory that brews every year c. 6 000 tons of apples.
From January to May, you will see our ditillery. Thanks to our alambics we distil the equivalent of c. 900 000 bottles.
All year long, you will have the chance to visit or cellars where there are more than 2,500 small oak barrels and 20 large oak barrels.
All year long we bottle our products in the Domaine.
Visits & Tastings
Maison Coquerel is open from Monday to Thursday from 8:30 am to 11am and from 1:30 pm to 5pm.
Distance from campsite - 58km (1 hour)
Recommended visit time : 1 hour.
Products produced here -
Cidre available in both doux and brut.
The Pommeau de Normandie.
Calvados - Signature, Prestige and Limited Edition
After your visit don't forget to take home some of the great tasting produce.
SOUS LES ÈTOILES NORMANDIE is a family run campsite in the village of St Martin des Besaces, Calvados, offering camping and caravanning. Perfectly situated for exploring the undulating picturesque countryside, tasting renowned cheeses, sampling sparkling cider and of course, the famous Calvados.