Impossible to describe, amazing to experience the most prized truffle in French cookery is the black Perigord truffle, which is said to have first enchanted diners in the 15th century. Cultivated in Western Australia since 1997 on The Wine & Truffle Co’s Manjimup property, our black perigord truffles are in demand by Chef’s worldwide.
“Presently, we were aware of an odour gradually coming towards us, something musky, fiery, savoury, mysterious, — a hot drowsy smell, that lulls the senses, and yet enflames them, — the truffles were coming.” - William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
Black in colour and imperfectly round in shape, when mature cut truffles expose a dense black interior that is striated with white veins. Firm to the touch, truffles resemble the texture of a potato and while they are certainly not coveted for their appearance it’s their aroma and lingering taste on your palate that make them exciting.
“Without the tree the truffle simply wouldn’t survive, it’s the symbiotic relationship between the two that creates Mother Nature’s gift to mankind.” - Gavin Booth, CEO
At The Wine & Truffle Co, Mother Nature hides her finest jewels on the roots of 13,000 hand-selected Oak and Hazelnut trees, inoculated at planting with spores from the French black Perigord truffle.
Buried beneath the base of our trees, white thread-like mycelium attaches to the root and similar to the umbilical cord between a mother and child, feeds the truffle nutrients from the surrounding environment as well as sugars produced by the host tree.
Springtime in the truffière sees branches budding and truffles beginning to develop on the tree roots beneath the soil. To grow and ripen they need a warm summer season and true cold snap in the winter.
The hunt begins in early winter from late May to late August, when the sensitive noses of our trained dogs detect the unique scent of the truffle and lead our professional truffle hunters to the buried treasure.
Covering 40 kilometres of truffle tree rows every seven days, means our expert hunters and dogs never leave a ripe gem in the ground, making The Wine & Truffle Co the most successful truffiere in the Southern Hemisphere. Join them on a truffle hunt.