The Vercors’s rich and varied agriculture has always been a strong economical asset to the region. It plays a major role not only in the local economy but also in the use and maintenance of open spaces.
As with tourism, this is an important economic activity in the PNRV region with numerous assets emphasising the quality of its products and its integration in its rural and economic environment. Despite recurring questions about the decline of agriculture, farming nonetheless remains very dynamic with farmers who think collectively about their future in line with numerous values: the quality of life, the quality of the environment, openness to inhabitants, regional authorities and other socio-professional categories.
Committed to upholding specific mountain traditions, the farmers of Villard-de-Lans/Corrençon-en-Vercors invite you to discover the depth and range of their know-how and customs. Be sure to take the opportunity to admire the flocks in the pastures, whose presence is witness to intensive agricultural activity. Farmers can also host you in their guest houses, farm-inns, or offer a snack and share one of life's everyday moments in contact with the animals of the Vercors. They are proud of their heritage, and will introduce you to their products, which have a long tradition and that include goat cheeses, the St-Marcellin and the famous "Bleu du Vercors/Sassenage", which has been made here for over 600 years, as well as honeys and unique condiments (milk, dandelions and more), and poultry. These are all wholesome products that can only make your stay in the Vercors region that much more pleasant.
A word about "la Villarde":
"La Villarde" is a mixed breed of cattle from Villard-de-Lans that is raised as much for its quality meat as for its milk. This latter is used to produce the AOC cheese "Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage". This breed was able to adapt to the rigourous conditions of our region and was once used to pull the ploughs during sowing and for forest operations. Since 1976, a number of farmers have organised themselves to safeguard and promote the "Villarde" breed.