The region - CAHORS - the River Lot Valley
The Lot winds it’s 500 kilometre path through the limestone country of Quercy creating fertile
valleys with alluvial soils and broken limestone hillsides.
Cahors lies in a vast area described as the Southwest, or Sud-Quest, wine region which is a
collection of over 10 wine regions that stretch from central France all the way to the Spanish
Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Pyrénées. It is a compact area that is 60 kms long by
30 kms wide and comprising of 4250 acres with 45 villages.
70% of the vineyards are concentrated along a narrow strip of land on each side of the
Lot River between Cahors and Puy L'Eveque. Here the wines are powerful, full-bodied and very
fruity. The balance of the vineyards are on the “causse” above Cahors, and tend to be a little
less robust, but have distinctive finesse and elegance.All of the hillsides are predominantly
The combination of these soils, particularly conducive to grape growing, with the mild climate
and abundant sunshine, naturally contribute to giving Cahors wines all marked characteristics
of a great vineyard.