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Glass of Red Wine

Wine Tasting -Dégustation

Cahors is famed for it's red wine of the same name, more-often called the 'Black Wine', due to it's deep red colour, which appears almost black. Cahors is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) which forms part of the South West France wine region. The dominant grape variety in AOC Cahors wines is Malbec, which must make up a minimum of 70% of the wine, and which is known locally as "Côt", "Côt Noir" or "Auxerrois". It is supplemented by up to 30% Merlot and Tannat.

You can find many prearranged wine tasting tours all over the Lot Valley, but the truth is, there are over 200 different domaines in the area, and nearly all offer a "degustation" (tasting). The very best way to experience the vineyards the area has to offer, is to take a drive, and it won't take long until you see a sign for a domaine and an offer for "Degustation". Just drive in, and you'll soon be offered the wines that that domain produces!

We include a few vineyards and chateaux to get you started and don't forget, it's also worth checking with the Lot tourist board for more information.

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