Domaine de Manon
Domaine de Manon information
Lonely Planet review
Curious noses can combine a perfumery session with a (literal) field trip to this wonderful flower farm. Centifolia rose and jasmine have been cultivated here for three generations and Carole Biancalana, the current producer, will take you on a tour of her fields and explain how the flowers are grown and processed. The Domaine's production is sold exclusively to haute-couture label Dior.
Tours only take place during flowering and are held on Tuesday at 10am between May and mid-June for rose, and on Tuesday at 9am between August and mid-October for jasmine; ring ahead to double-check since exact times vary from year to year, depending on flowering.
The domaine is located 7km southeast of the centre of Grasse, in the small village of Plascassier (officially part of Grasse). Head in the direction of Valbonne along the D4 as you leave Grasse, and then follow signs for 'Vieux Village' when you get to Plascassier. The domaine will be on your left, opposite a hair salon.