Cahors AOC Wine Tour:

View along the Lot Valley

Cahors AOC Wine Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrive at Studio Preniac:

Arrive at Bergerac airport where you will be met and driven to Studio Preniac. Settle into your room, then relax and enjoy a swim or glass of wine and meet your fellow guests.

View over pool at Preniac

Guests will be arriving at various times during the day and either be served a light lunch or a 3 course meal in the evening. Tea and coffee will be available all day for guests.

Preniac also provides excellent scenery for those who like walking, indeed the famous St Jacques de Compostelle route (GR 65) is a short walk away.

Day 2 - Local Market & Area:

We visit a thriving local market in the morning followed by lunch at Préniac, then visit one of the famous Bastide villages the area is renowned for.

Flower Market at Lauzerte Local Market and Bastide

Our local village market (Montcuq) is reputed to be one of the top 100 markets in France with a large variety of local produce and crafts. It is well worth a visit to enjoy the atmosphere or simply relax in one of the local bars with a coffee.

After lunch at Préniac, we will visit one of the historic bastide villages the area is famous for.

Day 3 - Morning - Visit to Chateau Tour de Miravel:

Tour of Miravel with owner Evelyne Demeau-Levy and Alun, followed by wine tasting and lunch.

Chateau Tour de Miravel Evelyne Demeau-Levy

The 16th century Chateau Tour de Miravel lies 25km west of Cahors and extends over three hectares. There are 3ha of vines consisting primarily of Malbec but also Merlot.

Since 2008 Evelyn has been committed to conversion to organic farming and produces around 8,000 bottles a year.

Afternoon - Visit to Domaine du Garinet:

Tour of Garinet with owners Mike & Sue Spring followed by degustation (wine tasting).

Domaine du Garinet Mike & Sue Spring

Domaine du Garinet cultivates some 2.5ha of vines, consisting of red malbec, chardonnay and sauvignon.

They are situated on particularly well-drained and sheltered hillside sites on a limey clay soil containing a good proportion of stones. These assist both drainage and heat retention - important conditions for growing quality grapes.

Some 16,000 bottles a year are produced.

Day 4 - Visit to Clos Triguedina:

Tour of Clos Triguedina and sample their famous ‘black wines’.

Clos Triguedina Owner Jean-Luc Baldès

Since 1830 Clos Triguedina has-been the home of the Baldes family. It Is a domain with a rich history: one where the pilgrims of St Jacques de Compostela often would stop to revive themeselves ("trig to me dina" means "I am longing to dine" in Occitan).

Located in the heart of the Cahors wine region, the estate stretches over Nearly 65 hectares (160 acres) between the bends of the River Lot near Puy l'Eveque. Its silicious clay or clay-and-limestone soil being ideal for the production of quality vines.

The name "Black Wine" dates from the time when the winemakers heated portion a of the grapes or the must. Jean-Luc Baldes has returned to this method of vinification and reintroduced this surprising and pleasurable wine famous around the thirteenth century.

Day 5 - Rest Day:

Trip out to Cahors market. Lunch out at a local restaurant,(Approximately 20 euros, payable locally).

 Market Day in Cahors

The market is located in the historical medieval quarter of Cahors, rich in colour and locally produced fresh produce.

Following a tour of the medieval quarter and lunch at a local restaurant or bistrot we will visit some of the secret gardens Cahors is also renowned for.

Day 6 - Visit to Chateau Chambert:

Tour of Chateau Chambert with owner Philippe Lejeune, followed by wine tasting and lunch.

Chateau Chambert Philippe with Jamie Oliver

The Chambert estate covers 120 hectares (almost 300 acres) of vines, fields and woodland. This includes 60 hectares (148 acres) of vineyards within the Cahors appellation, most of which are planted to the Malbec variety. The estate lies on the Southern Quercy "Causse" plateau about 100 kms north of Toulouse and 35 kms west of Cahors and overlooks the Lot valley, at an altitude of 300 metres.

Here thermal amplitudes between night and day are greater than down in the valley. This means that grapes ripen later and the wines have a fine and fresh structure with excellent aromatics. Very similar to the best Chablis, Chambert belongs to the best terroirs in France.

Day 7 - Visit to Chateau Lamartine:

Tour of Chateau Lamartine with owner Alain Gayraud, followed by wine tasting.

Chateau Lamartine Alain Gayraud

Chateau Lamartine dates back to the Middle Ages. The vineyards have survived the Gallo-Roman wars as well the invasion of phylloxera in 1878. The current winemaker/owner, Alain Gayraud, took over from his grandparents in 1975. Alain was born in the Chateau which encompasses 28 hectares of vines ranging in age from 20 to 120 years old.

The Domaine is in the westernmost reaches of the Cahor appellation. This results in Chateau Lamartine being the only Cahors that benefits from the Atlantic influence. The vineyards dominate the best micro-climate along the Lot River. All the plots are south facing on the oldest terraces in the appellation.

Apart from some rosé, the production is concentrated on the Cahors range of wines whose cuvée Expression is one of the “Cahors Excellence” charter’s jewel and produces some 200,000 bottles a year (97% Cahors, 3% Rosé).

Day 8 - Departure: