Cahors wine in oak barrels




    From Here,You Can't See Paris
    is a sweet, leisurely exploration of the life of Les Arques (population 159), a hilltop village in a remote corner of France untouched by the modern era. It is a story of a dying village's struggle to survive, of a dead artist whose legacy began its rebirth, and of chef Jacques Ratier and his wife, Noëlle, whose bustling restaurant La Recreation -- the village's sole business -- has helped ensure Les Arques's future.
    Les Arques' other claim to fame is the Russian Cubist/Expressionist sculptor Osip Zadkine, who bought the old house by the church here in 1934. Some of his sculptures adorn the space outside the church as well as its lovely interior, and there's also a museum with a number of his other works














































The tour is fully escorted and transport is by minibus.

Hailed by wine critics as the 'latest trend', the 'black wine' of Cahors is in fact one of the oldest of French wines, having been first introduced by Roman Emperors more than 2000 years ago.

In the late 19th century the Malbec grape vines were virtually wiped out by the phylloxera disease - from a couple that were saved and nurtured the vineyards eventually thrived and gradually re-established the reputation of this strong, dark and rich red wine.

There are over 200 domaines but still only 4,000 hectares laid to vine in the area permitted by AOC standards, which makes Cahors a comparatively rare French wine and is probably why it’s so difficult to find in British shops. The quality however is without doubt the very highest. It still graces the finest restaurant tables and dining rooms in the world, but it’s comparatively inexpensive – at the moment – so now is the time to invest in some!

For more details of this tour visit our dedicated website:

Below are brief details:
Come and enjoy a 5 day/4 night wine tour break with us. We'll plan and take care of everything for you. You just get to relax and experience a few days enjoying the beautiful Cahors vineyards, eating fabulous food, drinking fantastic wine and staying in a lovely location!

The following itinerary gives you an idea of what to expect:

Day 1:
Arrive at either Bergerac airport or Gourdon rail station and we'll meet you and drive you to beautiful Mas de Flory, where you will stay for your break.
Settle into your spacious and airy room (with smart ensuite shower room), then relax and enjoy a glass of bubbly on the terrace while you meet your fellow wine-tasting guests. Later you'll all share a long, lazy, delicious 4-course dinner accompanied by a selection of wonderful Cahors 'black wine'.

Day 2:
After a substantial breakfast we'll drive you to the Lot Valley for your first day of touring a range of vineyards and visiting wine chateaux for tastings.
Our first stop will be to meet an English-speaking Cahors wine expert who will introduce you to the complexities of this noble wine and talk you through a tasting session.
We'll then have lunch in a great restaurant set in a beautifully restored 19th century house near the Lot river.
After lunch we'll visit a domaine away from the valley floor where the environment provides perfect conditions for producing the finest Cahors wine. Next we'll drive to the higher ground of the limestone causse to visit beautiful Chateau Chambert (pictured above right). They use biodynamic methods to produce their wine and it is certainly some of the finest Cahors wine you will taste. After a degustation and a walk in the grounds we'll return to Mas de Flory for dinner.

Day 3:
Today we'll drive you though lovely countryside to the lively and bustling Prayssac market to pick up some fresh provisions for a picnic lunch at a beautiful spot overlooking the vines. We'll visit chateaux around Puy l'Eveque and Vire sur Lot which produce some of the best, award winning wines and have tastings and a tour of the vineyards and cave.
You'll also have time to meander the vineyards and, on the late September tour, see the vines heavy with their ripe, deep purple Malbec grapes, almost ready for harvesting - or, depending on conditions, possibly even la recolte - the gathering of the grapes.
Later, you'll take your evening meal at the renowned restaurant La Recreation in Les Arques, made famous through the book by Michael Sanders, 'From Here You Can't See Paris'. (See right)

Day 4:
Saturday begins with a drive along the spectacular Cevenne de Caix which overlooks the winding River Lot and its bordering patchwork of vineyards below. After another tasting at one of our favourite family-run domaines, we'll take lunch in a rustic auberge by the river followed by a further visit and tasting in the afternoon.
You'll enjoy a final delicious home-cooked 4-course meal at Mas de Flory this evening.

Day 5:
Departure day, after breakfast we’ll take you to Bergerac airport or Gourdon train station.

Please note that this is the planned itinerary but may be subject to minor changes.

The price of this 5 day/4 night holiday is
£995 / 1150€ / US$ 1575
per person for all following dates:

Wed. April. 20th - Sun. April. 24th

Wed. Sept 28th - Sun. Oct. 2nd

This price includes:

  • Accommodation, all breakfasts and 3 evening meals at Mas de Flory, plus 2 lunches and 1 evening meal at restaurants and 1 picnic lunch (i.e. all meals included)
  • At least 5 wine-tasting sessions over 3 days
  • Talk and guided tasting from wine expert
  • Transfers to and from Bergerac airport or Gourdon rail station
  • All transportation during the holiday (does not include cost of getting to/from Bergerac or Gourdon).

"A most enjoyable and enlightning wine experience and the food was absolutely wonderful.
Best of luck for future wine tours and 'thanks for the memories'"

Bob & Ann, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA