HIGHLIGHTS of Wine Tours in the
The Cahors wine region and Lot River valley has much to
offer, so whatever your interests, from cultural to gastronomic, there is plenty for the wine
and food tourist.
The region is dominated by the Lot River which divides and defines the terrior of the grape regions.
Interesting towns such as Cahors and Luzech, villages, such as St-Cirq-Lapopie, and cling to its banks
while elegant bridges,like Pont Valentre,span it at various points. The river flows through some beautiful
countryside and the road follows the river most of the way through the region offering fine views of the
river. A day out driving along the valley is a favorite pastime and there is many a good village
restaurant to stop at for lunch.
A road journey along the River Lot
These four towns give a great insight to the turbulent and rich history of the Lot Valley:
The village of Saint-Cirq Lapopie is perched on a cliff 100 m (330 ft) above the river
and is one of the major beauty spots of the Lot valley. The village is dominated by the
ruins of a fortress that was made up of a number of castles and towers. Below the fortress,
the village streets lead down to fortified gates. Many historic houses have stone or
half-timbered fronts going back to the 13th-16th centuries. A very interesting visit.
Cahors is the business and cultural centre of the region and stands on the right bank of the
river Lot, occupying a rocky peninsula formed by a bend in the river. The Valentré Bridge,
the symbol of the town. Building began in 1308 and it was completed in 1378. In excellent
condition, due to restoration, a walk of the bridge is a “must do” experience.
Luzech is 20 kilometres downstream from Cahors, with Gaul and Roman remains of the town of
L'Impernal, and the Chapelle de Notre-Dame-de-l'Île, dedicated to the medieval boatmen who
transported Cahors wines to Bordeaux. the town stands in a huge river loop, overlooked by a
thirteenth-century keep, with some picturesque alleys and dwellings in the quarter opposite
place du Canal.
Puy-L'Éveque is at the end of our journey and probably the prettiest village in the entire Lot
valley, with many grand houses built in honey-coloured stone and overlooked by both a church and
the castle of the bishops of Cahors. The view from on the suspension bridge which crosses the
Lot is special.
Rocamadour, is nestled in the Lot department 55 miles north-northeast of Cahors in
Dordogne Valley. The exquisite natural setting and beautiful buildings have made Rocamadour
France's second-most visited site (after Mount St. Michael, Normandy). The town is known for
cheese-making and gives its name to Rocamadour, a small goat's milk cheese.
Walking and cycling
The stunning surrounding countryside is excellent for walking, rambling, cycling and even
running! The vineyards which are open for all to wander through, and /or cycle through
along easy paths. You can take in the countryside, enjoy the fresh outdoor and maybe
linger for an hour or two in a village cafe, or picnic on the excellent region foods
and wines so readily available from local shops.
There are national park forests where you are free to wander so the potential for walking, picnics,
horse riding and cycling is endless.