The Lot, its beautiful scenery, its castles, its elegant ancient mansions, its wild nature, how can one resist the pleasure of strolling alongside the Lot, along river of fresh and clear water, on a path following the crest of cliffs or at the heart of a forest of lichen-covered oak-trees.
Cahors : 2000 years of history .
Called Divona Cadurcorum, during the roman period, Cahors is an historical city. The Valentré bridge, the Saint-Etienne Cathedrale and its cloister, the Barbacane and the hanging-men's tower, Papa JeanXXII's tower, the Roaldes hotel where Henry IV stayed, the museums are, amongst many sites, places that will enable you to travel the times and centuries, as if by magic.
The meridional colours of its coated walls, creating a happy contrast with the shutters, the architecture and typical red bricks of the region, the sculpted portals and the hidden gardens will enchant the visitors that make their way through the streets and alleys of the old city almost entirely surrounded by the Lot.
Introduced 2000 years ago in the Quercy by the romans, it has survived through history, appreciated for its deep colour - it is known as the black wine- and its powerful aromas. It's a wine that does not leave one indifferent but suffers from its neighbouring rival, Bordeaux. The region runs into difficult times, such as at the end of 19th century when its vineyard is completely destroyed by phyloxera. It is re-born with a new strength, taking deep from the demanding, powerful, rich "terroir", to become the AOC wine that we know today. A complex and multiple wine, whose aromas of violets, fruits, liquorice or black truffle that remind one of the diverse Lot scenery, the heat that shines on the land and within the heart of its inhabitant. [ Union Interprofessionnelle des vins de CAHORS ]
Lot & gastronomy:
Our region is particularly well know for its gastronomy : walnut oil, Rocamadour - the AOC goat cheese - foie gras, cepes, Cahors wines and truffles, the black gold of Quercy, as known as Tuber Melanosporum Vitt, can always be found on the fine Lot tables.