At the heart of Relais & Châteaux' concerns, the values of the terroir include respect for resources and the environment. The Château de Berne is perfectly in tune with these values, and makes it a point of honour to favour short circuits. The intermediaries between the producer and the consumer are thus reduced, and local Provencal production is given pride of place.
Our Relais & Château in Provence chooses the short circuit
Much more than just a fashion statement, the choice of the short circuit is part of an approach in which the quality of the product is emphasised, and the preservation of the terroir is favoured.
The advantages of the short circuit
The principle of short circuits is to reduce the number of intermediaries between the producer and the consumer as much as possible, but also to limit the distance that a product travels. The aim is to consume better quality products, to favour the work of local producers, and to limit the environmental impact of transport. But the advantages do not stop there, and each small commitment of the short circuit has its interest:
- The short circuit reduces packaging, as the product does not need to be over-protected during short transport;
- The products are sold at the right price, and the producers are paid fairly;
- The products are really fresh, as they come directly from the producer to the plate;
- The proximity to the producers allows for advice on preparation and conservation.
Favouring short circuits and direct sales plays an essential role in a sustainable economy, respectful of seasonality, the environment, animals, and therefore of nature.
Transparency at the heart of short circuits
The significant advantage of the short circuit is that the consumer knows where the product comes from. Whether it's fruit and vegetables, cheese, meat, or anything else, direct sales and the short circuit make it possible to exchange with the producer, to know all the information about the product.
Thus, the Château de Berne knows each producer, the precise origin of the products used, the breeding method or the type of cultivation. There is total transparency, and this ensures that we are supplied with fresh quality products. Traceability is undeniably a selection criterion that favours a relationship of trust conducive to the creation of exceptional menus.
Short circuit in Provence
The Château de Berne is actively committed to honouring the Provençal terroir, by promoting short circuits and by producing certain products itself.
Trusted local producers
The proximity to the land and culture of Provence is a value that is dear to the Château de Berne. This is one of the reasons why it is recognised and listed among the Relais & Châteaux of Provence. Thus, each employee of the estate is actively committed to honouring local products, sourcing as much as possible from local producers.
Whether it is for fruit and vegetables, meat, cheeses or aromatic herbs, Provence is honoured with products from its lands. Seasonal and fresh products are favoured, and the Château de Berne participates, in its own way, in the economic activity of its region.
The personal vegetable garden of the Berne estate, a more than short circuit
The Château de Berne is a tribute to Provence, its culture and traditions. The estate's restaurateurs are committed to a gastronomy where nature is honoured, thanks to a personal vegetable garden that they patiently cultivate.
The cultivation of fruit and vegetables and aromatic herbs is a true Provençal art of living, allowing chefs to magnify the products in an ecologically neutral way.
Every morning, the chef and pastry chef collect fruit and vegetables directly from the kitchen garden or orchard of the Berne estate. They then work with all that nature has to offer, to create extraordinary dishes for the starred restaurant. Respect for nature and flavours, and a reduction in food waste are therefore important arguments for offering you luxury gastronomy.
A true commitment to the environment, short circuits and local production are at the heart of the concerns of our Relais & Château in Provence, and ensure that our guests enjoy exceptional gastronomy in many respects.