The Lot region of France is the land of flavours and renowned for its high quality local produce and gastronomy options that will awaken your tastebuds! You’ll find these everywhere – whether on a stroll through a small local market or enjoying a fine dining menu in some of the very best restaurants. Enjoy black truffles, the Rocamadour cheese, the Quercy melon, walnut cake and of course foie gras....all washed down with a glass of wine – from a wine producer in Cahors of course!
There are so many places where you can not only taste the regions local produce, but also buy it ready to take with you back on board your canal barge! We highly recommend a visit to La Mémé du Quercy which is just north of Cahors and is an association of producers of the finest products. Here you’ll find foie gras and pâtés, confit and duck, charcuterie, truffles, mushrooms and of course the famous Cahors wines.
New for 2018 is a brand new restaurant which will offer all of the products on site. It’s also possible to explore the wine cellars.
As with many regions of France, it was the Romans during the first millennium who brought their knowledge of wine production and then established the first vineyards in Quercy.
Over time, in fact over centuries, the wines of Cahors have got better and better and today are known for being some of the best in France.
Towards the end of the 19th century disaster almost struck. The wine louse, phylloxera from the United States, almost wiped out every vineyard in Europe.
It wasn’t until after the second world war that a group of passionate winemakers decided to try and revive production. Their determination and patience revived the Cahors wine and the regions famous Malbec grape variety. The hard work was all worth it – since 1971 the wine of Cahors has held the French certificate of Appellation of Controlled Origin (AOC).
The best way to see the vineyards of Cahors is to plan a visit to a winemakers estate. The following link shows some easily accessible winemakers and their locations for during your boating holiday in the Lot Valley.
Here you will find the following places that provide opportunities for tastings and purchasing of the regions famous wines...
There is no doubt in our mind that the Lot and Quercy region is the ideal location for a boating holiday that puts you at the heart of excellent food and wines. There’s much more to the region though, so why not read our other articles: