4-9 May 2025
4.5 days / 5 nights
From € 3,800 p.p.
Southwest of France
a Grapetrotters Adventure in May
Embark on a journey tracing the footsteps of renowned literary characters like "The Three Musketeers" and "Cyrano de Bergerac" as we explore the Southwest, the birthplace of international grape varieties such as Cabernet-Franc, Malbec, and Tannat. Immerse yourself in the region's rich gastronomy featuring local delights such as truffle, duck or goose magret, foie gras, pork roast, and artisanal cheeses. The charm of authenticity, rural generosity, and the quintessential French lifestyle will captivate you throughout our wine and food odyssey in Gascony, Bergerac, Cahors, and Gaillac.
Sunday, May 4 - 2025
ARRIVAL IN TOULOUSE
Our rendezvous is set for 3 pm at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, from where we'll embark on a direct journey to the heart of Gascony!
Upon arrival in Condom, check-in at our charming boutique hotel.
Cap off the day with a delightful welcome dinner hosted at the boutique hotel.
Monday, May 5 - 2025
GASCONY & ARMAGNAC
Explore the sub-region renowned for its production of exotic white wines (Côtes de Gascogne IGP), bold reds crafted from the Tannat grape in Madiran, and exquisite dessert wines like Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh, made from unique grapes such as Petit Manseng.
Indulge in generous cuisine featuring duck and goose delicacies, with hearty dishes prepared exclusively from locally sourced ingredients, satisfying your palate.
Delve into the fascinating science of Armagnac production, a perfect digestif to conclude our culinary experience.
Retire for the night in Saint-Mont, enjoying the comforts of a 4-star hotel resort.
Conclude the day with dinner at a welcoming family restaurant.
Tuesday, May 6 - 2025
The wines of Bergerac bear a striking resemblance to Bordeaux wines, crafted from the same grape varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet-Franc for reds, Sauvignon, and Sémillon for whites) and adopting a similar style along the scenic Dordogne river. Much like the sweet botrytis wines of Sauternes, Monbazillac produces its own delightful versions.
Our day includes visits to two renowned producers, immersing ourselves in the local winemaking traditions.
Indulge in a delectable lunch in the charming city of Bergerac, recognized as the capital of the Périgord region and celebrated worldwide for its black truffle.
Retire for the night in a luxurious 4-star hotel resort nestled in the vineyards of Bergerac.
The evening is yours to explore Bergerac or unwind at the accommodation.
Wednesday, May 7 - 2025
Cahors, the origin of the Malbec grape, stands as the most renowned Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in Southwest France. Distinguished for its deep, captivating red wines, often referred to as the Black Wine.
Our day entails visits to three premier producers, providing insights into the terroir influence along the Lot river.
A delightful lunch awaits us at the second winery.
Retreat for the night in Cahors, choosing a historical boutique hotel as your accommodation. Indulge in a special dinner featuring local cuisine complemented by carefully curated wine pairings.
Thursday, May 8 - 2025
This wine-producing region spans both banks of the Tarn River and produces unique wines from lesser-known grape varieties, including Duras, Fer-Servadou, Prunelard for reds, and Mauzac, Len de l'El for whites.
Our day involves visits to two producers who craft an array of wine styles, including sparkling, red, white, and sweet wines.
Enjoy a satisfying lunch at a bistro restaurant.
Retire for the night in the medieval village of Cordes-Sur-Ciel, where dinner awaits.
Friday, May 9 - 2025
Following breakfast, we'll dedicate some time to exploring the quintessential "marché de Gaillac," concluding our excursion around midday in Toulouse. For those who prefer, there will be a drop-off option at the airport, or you may choose to continue your travels from Toulouse.
Accommodation in charming places (from lux to comfort depending on what the region has to offer - always with private bathroom), breakfast included.
Winery visits & tastings, group activities, guided visits, and tickets.
All meals as mentioned in great local restaurants or farms (wine included).
Grape Tours personally (Pierre - French winemaker) accompanies the group throughout and we will have local guides meet us where necessary.
Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point.
Drinks at meals unless host-ordered
Entry to any museums, historical sites unless noted
Personal charges, laundry, phone calls, internet, mini fridge consumed items
Gratuities for maids, baggage handlers, drivers or guides
Other trip details
🗓️ When? 4 - 9 May 2025 - fall in love with France in spring!
🌍 Where? Roundtrip from Toulose (fly into Toulouse-Blagnac airport)
🎟️ Limited Spaces Available (min 6 - max 8 people)! Reserve your spot for an unforgettable journey.
All-inclusive cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 3800 euro
(single occupancy 4200 euro/p.p.)