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Malbec Discovery Tour - Cahors AOC Lot Valley

Price: £995 / 1195€ / US$ 1645

Lot Cycling Holidays is also offering a wine tour of the wonderful AOC Cahors vineyards in SW France.

This 5 day/4 night short break is fully escorted and transport is by minibus - not bicycle!

4 nights accommodation at Mas de Flory and all meals are included in the price - you just have to get here and enjoy it all!

Hailed by wine critics as the 'latest trend', the 'black wine' of Cahors is in fact one of the oldest of French wines, having been first introduced by Roman Emperors more than 2000 years ago. In the late 19th century the Malbec grape vines were virtually wiped out by the phylloxera disease - from a couple that were saved and nurtured the vineyards eventually thrived and gradually re-established the reputation of this strong, dark and rich red wine.

There are over 200 domaines but still only 4,000 hectares laid to vine in the area permitted by AOC standards, which makes Cahors a comparatively rare French wine and is probably why its so difficult to find. The quality however is without doubt the very highest. It still graces the finest restaurant tables and dining rooms in the world, but its comparatively inexpensive at the moment so now is the time to invest in some!

Come and enjoy a 5 day/4 night wine tour break with us. We'll plan and take care of everything for you.
You just get to relax and experience a few days enjoying the beautiful Cahors vineyards, eating fabulous food, drinking fantastic wine and staying in a lovely location!

For more details of our wine tour please visit our dedicated site

Proposed itinerary listed below:


Day 1

Arrive at either Bergerac airport or Gourdon rail station and we'll meet you and drive you to beautiful Mas de Flory, where you will stay for your break.
Settle into your spacious and airy room (with smart ensuite shower room), then relax and enjoy a glass of bubbly on the terrace while you meet your fellow wine-tasting guests. Later you'll all share a long, lazy, delicious 4-course dinner accompanied by a selection of wonderful Cahors 'black wine'.
Day 2
Wine expert introduction to Cahors AOC wine.
Dinner at La Recreation

After a substantial breakfast we'll drive you to the Lot Valley for your first day of touring a range of vineyards and visiting wine chateaux for tastings.

Our first stop will be to meet an English-speaking Cahors wine expert who will introduce you to the complexities of this noble wine and talk you through a tasting session.
We'll then have lunch in a lovely restaurant in a pretty village square near the Lot river.
After lunch we'll drive away from the valley floor to a wonderful family-run vineyard, where the terroir provides perfect conditions for producing the finest Cahors wine.
Next we'll drive across the limestone causse to visit beautiful Chateau Chambert (pictured above right). They use biodynamic methods to produce their wine and it is certainly some of the finest Cahors wine you will taste.

For dinner this evening we'll eat at the renowned restaurant La Recreation in Les Arques, made famous through the book by Michael Sanders, 'From Here You Can't See Paris'.

Day 3
Luzech market, picnic lunch and Caillac

Today begins with a drive along the spectacular Cevenne de Caix which overlooks the winding River Lot and its bordering patchwork of vineyards below. We'll first visit the lively and bustling Luzech market to pick up some fresh provisions for a picnic lunch at a beautiful spot overlooking the river Lot.

In the afternoon we'll visit chateaux around Parnac and Caillac and have tastings and a tour of the vineyards and cave.

We then return to Mas de Flory for another delicious evening meal.

Day 4
Puy L'eveque vineyard tours.

Today we'll drive you though lovely countryside to the ancient mediaevil riverside town of Puy l'eveque where we'll visit a selection of excellent vineyards.

You'll have time to meander the vineyards and see the vines heavy with their ripe, deep purple Malbec grapes, almost ready for harvesting - or, depending on conditions, possibly even le vendange - the picking of the grapes.

We'll take lunch today at a great restaurant set in a beautiful old stone villa with magnificent gardens.

Day 5
Departure day

Departure day and after a leisurely breakfast well take you to Gourdon rail station or Bergerac airport to meet your homeward connection. We wish you bonne route and hope you enjoyed your stay - a bientot!

Please note that this is the planned itinerary but may be subject to minor changes.



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