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5 day wine tasting tour of Gascony, Cohors and the Toulouse region 

This is an excellent opportunity to discover some of the many exceptional wines produced in this beautiful region for over 2000 years. 
The tour is fully inclusive of accommodation (with private facilities) and meals, including 5 lunches in gastronomic restaurants, transfers and transport in air conditioned private cars. 
The Tour 
Day 1- Arrival 
You will be collected from the airport or railway station and transferred to your accommodation. DInner will be served, accompanied by wines of the region. 
Day 2 - Buzet 
Buzet is a charming village on the left bank of the delightful river Baise in the heart of the Southwest and the Garonn Valley. Since the days of the Roman legions, this "land of good living" has enjoyed a history as varied as the soils on the slopes of the twentyseven communes in the appellation area. The Buzet wine region was awarded "A C" status in 1973. 
Grape varieties used: 
White wines: Muscadelle, Sauvignon and Semillon 
Red wines: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cot and Merlot 
Morning Visit to Les Vignerons de Buzet, the cave of the local winegrowers association 
Lunch at the Relais de la Hire in Francescas, a gastronomic restaurant in a lovely 18th century house in a delighNul village, awarded 3 Michelin forks, 16/20 by Gault et Millau and 3 crowned plates by the Guide Hubert 
Afternoon visit to the Domaine de Pech an independent organic vineyard 
Day 3 - Cahors 
Wine has been produced in the area around Cahors for more than 2000 years. Older than Bordeaux and with a reputation for darkness and strength it is the only French red wine to harness the power of the Malbec grape. The "black wine" has a colourful history. Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II drank it at their wedding in 1152, Pope John XXII and Peter the Great chose it for their communion wines, and François I of France was such a fan he asked Cahors winemakers to create him a vineyard at Fontainebleau, just outside Paris. 
Vines are grown along the beautiful Lot Valley to the west of Cahors and on the bare limestone hills of the Quercy rising above the valley. 
Grape varieties used: 
Malbec (the renowned Robert Parker reckons that "by 2015 this long ignored grape's place in the pantheon of noble wines will be guaranteed", Merlot and Tannat 
Morning Visit to Chateau Les Rigalets, a respected independent producer highly recommended in the Guide Hacheke which has won several medals, to sample the doux wine of the Lot valley 
Lunch at the Plaisir des Sens in Prayssac a gourmet restaurant highly rated by Trip Advisor 
Afternoon visit to Chateau de Chambert which has been producing Cahors wine since the tenth century, guided tour of this organic vineyard and tasting of the corsé wines of the limestone slopes. 
Day 4 - Tarriquet and Monluc 
The heartland of Gascony, the land of D' Artagnan, has become a rapidly growing attraction for its wines as well as its rolling hills, delightful villages and medieval castles. The white wines that have developed in the armagnac producing areas are now becoming beker known. 
Grape varieties used: 
Ugni blanc, Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc 
Morning visit to the Domaine de Tarriquet, the remarkable success story of the region which produces a very drinkable dry but fruity white wine, and the "Premier Grives" a much admired dessert wine. They also produce an excellent bas armagnac. 
Lunch Le Moulin du Petit Gascon, Condom 
Afternoon visit to the Chateau Monluc at St Puy the oldest continually inhabited house in France, its earliest parts dating from the 10th century, and the birthplace of the Gascon liqueur Pousse Rapiere. They also produce, red, white and rose and sparkling wines and Armagnac and the Gascon aperitif based on the "must" of the Armagnac distillation, Floc. 
Day 5 - Fronton and Gaillac 
In the hills to the north east of the Garonne and south of the Tarn, wine has been produced since Roman Emes. Fronton, the wine of Toulouse, based on the Negreke grape is another region where wine has been produced for two millenia. Gaillac claims to be the oldest viticultural centre of ancient Gaul. The 
lovely old town of Gaillac on the banks of the Tarn, has a lovely wine tasting centre in the Abbaye of St Michel. 
Morning visit to the Fronton Chateau Bellevue Ie Foret, whose top of the range "Optimum" received the Guide Hacheke Coup de Coeur and 92/100 from the Weinwirtschaft ; tasting of their wines and visit to the vineyards. 
Grape varieties used: 
Negreke, Cabinet franc, Syrah, Cabinet Sauvignon, Gamay 
Lunch to be decided 
Afternoon visit to the Tasting Centre in the Abbaye St Michel, Gaillac to sample the wines of the region, plus a visit to a small independent producer. 
Grape varietis used: 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Duras, Syrah 
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