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Festival du Vignoble de Cahors, l'Eté du Malbec

Malbec Summer, Cahors Vineyard Festival

The "Summer of Malbec" Festival was created in 2016, with the desire to develop a major event on the territory of the Lot Valley and Vineyard.

The place was all chosen based on two of the major tourist attractions of the sector that are Cahors wine and architectural heritage.

Puy-L'Evêque, medieval city, located in the heart of the vineyards of Cahors, was chosen to be the capital of this event which also aims to liven up the vineyard as a whole.

The Summer of Malbec has the ambition to be the flagship event of the Lower Lot Valley. Throughout the summer, the event will be animated around local events and Malbec Shops, ephemeral shops.

The highlights of the festival will take place every Thursday from July 12 to August 23:
Opening night, wine festival of the Independent Winegrowers of the Lot, evening concerts, wine festival in the medieval city Puy-l'évêque, Dinambulation, closing evening ...
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New 2019: Stay "Make his foie gras"

"I really need to learn to make my foie gras myself," they say to each other often ... 

You asked for it, we did it!
At our host tables, our hosts tell us they do not know how to make foie gras. We explain to them the different techniques that we use, nevertheless without having seen it do or to have launched oneself, it is a little difficult. This exceptional product will give you all its qualities, if the work is done well beforehand.

We offer a convivial stay focused on the products of mouth with an initiation to the manufacture of the foie gras half-cooked. We will take you to discover a passionate and passionate winemaker, accompany you to our favorite market full of local products where you will meet our duck producer.

Stay in half-board including breakfasts, meals of 2 evenings with assorted wines.
Baignade dans le lac de Montcuq

Montcuq, a must-see bathing spot!

Good news for swimming in the Lot and in addition to Montcuq!
When you approach Lake Montcuq, only 12 km from Côté Granges, you will discover a Caribbean air. The color of the water makes you want to dive in, to admire it, in short to spend a very pleasant time.

The benefits:
  • supervised swimming from noon to 6 pm from June 30 to September 2
  • playground, picnic area
  • free access all year except for vehicles in July and August paid access (from 7 euros)
  • fishing, body of water 2nd category (closed fishing from 30/01 to 10/03)
  • paid Aquazone activity
  • No dogs allowed
  • sale of ice cream, drinks, french fries
  • Snack restaurant open every evening from June to September and Sunday lunchtime.
Since the end of June, the Montcuq water body has won the first blue flag of the Lot!
The Blue Flag highlights municipalities and marinas that are permanently involved in a policy of sustainable tourism development. The label does not only apply to bathing places but to the whole commune. The quality of the bathing water, but also the way in which the municipality manages its waste and treats waste water are taken into account in obtaining the Blue Flag.

Since 2003, the department has set up Inf'Eau Loisirs, a device that makes him a pioneer in water control. Every day from June 15 to September 15, a report on the quality of bathing water is issued and made available to all.

Lot of Saveurs

Lot of Flavors Festival

It is known ... The Lot is a gourmet land!
  
The world runs constantly and does not take the time to eat well.

In early July, our beautiful department turns into a great restaurant. For the past ten years, the great chefs of the Lot have set up the Lot of Saveurs Festival.

This event invites you to discover the Lotoise gastronomy and products from our region, including the Périgord walnut, elected star product this year. It will be showcased through culinary demonstrations, gourmet workshops, a gourmet walk in Cahors, ...
The festival will be closed by a gala meal concocted by the great Lot chefs, a unique experience of high gastronomy and greed.

Each year, a renowned chef sponsors this organization. 
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Transhumance in the Lot Valley

The Rocamadour - Luzech transhumance takes place every year around mid - April.

Hundreds of sheep "caussenardes" will cross the Lot from north to south. They will stop on the heights of the Lot Valley in Luzech.

For 5 months, the ewes will maintain the grounds to reduce the risk of fire and preserve the landscape.

A tradition that deserves moving.
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Picnic at the independent winemaker

A picnic at home and with a winemaker, a beautiful day in perspective!

Each year, the "Picnic at the Vigneron Indépendant" will take place on the weekend of Pentecost.

How is it going ? Nothing more simple ... you choose a winemaker on the site of the picnic .

The day says, you go to the property, with family or friends, with your basket of provisions.

The winemaker welcomes you on his estate equipped with tables, chairs, umbrellas and ... icing on the cake, he offers you free wine tasting.

Fun activities around wine are proposed to better introduce you to the vineyard, the wine, the profession of winegrower.

This day is open to everyone, whether passionate, amateur or just curious about the wine world.

So why not enjoy a weekend at Côté Granges?
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A winemaker at our host table

We had been thinking about it for a while and here we go ...

We invite Matthieu Molinié, Chateau Ponzac, winemaker of the village, to share our host table.

The time of an evening, it will make us travel in the vineyard of Cahors and will speak of French Malbec , prestigious grape variety of Lot.

Over the course of the dishes, he will explain the work of the winemaker, detail his terroir, tell his wines and his hopes for the profession.

The meeting with this passionate and passionate winemaker will not leave you indifferent !!!

Details on the host table page.
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And if we talked about wine ...

Overlooking our pretty village, Château Ponzac is run by a young couple of winegrowers from the Cahors appellation. Tasting at home is simply an event, as the speech is well kept.

The visit begins with the cellar where Matthieu speaks of the estate, the terroir and the wine, he is insatiable on the history of the vineyard of Cahors. A set of questions and answers begins and continues in the tasting room, where we have the pleasure of discovering the "trilogy" of the reds, from crisp red fruits to more elaborate and concentrated epicurean wines.

More confidential, Côt en Dolia, raised in a jar, natural and delivered to itself, the wine is flavor of fresh fruit, the power becomes length in the mouth, the aromas are those of the grapes that one crunches.

An excellent rosé, with a deep pink color, presented as a gastronomic wine, completes the range of wines from the Malbec grape variety.

For lovers of chenin blanc, it will be necessary to wait for the year 2018 because the strong frost of last spring was right of the buds of this grape variety.

All our holidaymakers, whether they are amateurs or not-initiated to the culture of the wine, come back delighted by this oenological moment. When we decide to go to tasting at Matthieu, we take the time, on average it lasts between 1 and 1:30 and each time, a moment of pure pleasure!
Journée Nationale du Petit Déjeuner en France

Breakfast

On June 19th, come to Côté Granges, discover the Lot and its good products.

Enjoy the National Breakfast Day organized by Tables & Hostels of France to enjoy a fabulous breakfast: cakes, jams, homemade yogurts, farm eggs, local cheeses, seasonal fruits and many other delicacies ... hummmm! ! A delicious moment around a well-stocked table.
Cuisine gastronomique

WE love !!!

L'Ô à la Bouche, one of our restaurants "favorite"   located on the Fénelon Alleys in Cahors, near the tourist office, the Villa Malbec and the historic center of the city.

Jean-François Dive, Belgian chef, offers an inventive and refined cuisine, inspired by his travels around the world. His art is to reinvent local products to awaken your senses. His charming wife manages the room, she welcomes you with a smile and professionalism.

If you go there to eat in the evening, do not hesitate to make a small digestive walk to Pont Valentré which, depending on the season, is adorned with a thousand colors and will end your day in style.
Fabrication de foie mi-cuit

Homemade Foie Gras

This is the perfect season for the production of our foie gras , although our producer offers livers practically all year long, except during heat waves, ducks are not stuffed.

Today, we opted for foie gras half-cooked in verrines. While Emile goes to our producer Earl Gailloffe to recover the goods, I sterilize the jars. Upon his return, my friend and I get to work.

After a careful stripping, the products are ready to be spiced, gray pepper, salt and Espelette pepper which gives it a touch of acidity, slightly pungent but not too much.
Then it is put in jars, then everything is put in a sterilizer for 1 hour at 70 °.

The next day, after cooling, the livers are finished and stored cool.This technique allows a conservation of a few months, which I personally guarantee by storage in a refrigerator. They can be eaten after a few days of "ripening", so that all the aromas mix.

In general, I keep a few slices of fresh liver and we end the day with tagliatelle with truffle oil and pan-fried foie gras , accompanied by a glass of Cahors wine , yes, red, a nice agreement, to Consume with moderation.

Would you be interested in setting up a "stay making your foie gras" ? Your opinion interests us !
Marché aux truffes

The black truffle of Périgord

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, opening of the first truffle market in Lalbenque . This market will be held every Tuesday until mid-March.

Animations from 10:00 am with a video explaining everything you need to know about black Périgord truffle, also called tuber melanosporum. At 14:00, free visit of the truffle market retail and wholesale. At 15:30, digging the dog, which consists of looking for the truffle with a dog.

This day around the black diamond brings together many people from all over France and abroad. It is not uncommon to meet great names in gastronomy as well as reporters from distant continents.

In restaurants, the theme of cooking is focused on this famous mushroom, it remains only to feast!
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A new application to discover the Lot and its heritage

The new mobile application "Circuits Lot Dordogne" 'has just been launched by the Lot tourist development agency. Thanks to a selection of discovery circuits, you can discover, on foot, by car or by boat, the rich heritage of the territory. These tours are punctuated with historical commentaries, maps, trivia and family games.