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About Us

We are Mike and Sue Spring, the owners of Domaine du Garinet, a small wine estate in the Cahors area of the beautiful Lot valley, in south-west France.

Sue and Mike in the chai

photo Michele Ch'i

We produce very high quality red and white wines using modern methods to give fine wines that are typical of our area. Our Cahors red is made entirely from malbec grapes, which give our wines an intense, almost black, colour.

Everything is done and supervised by us at the property, from the vine to the bottle, giving the ultimate in traceability and quality control.

We sell our wines at reasonable prices; they are not over-priced 'elite' wines.

This site presents our wines, and there’s a complete price list and information on how you can obtain them - How to Buy. The sections on Vines and Winemaking each start with an overview, to give you a quick picture of how we work, but more detail follows if you want to know more. There’s also a page about our other traditional products - Walnuts and Prunes.

We enjoy meeting the many customers who come to us to buy directly from the property, to see the vines and chai (winery), and to ask us about vinegrowing and winemaking - see Contact/Visit. The Lot Valley page tells you a little about the many attractions of our area. Do come and see us if you come to SW France!

****Coronavirus - Arrangements for sales ****

The Montcuq Sunday market is now fully operating and we shall be at our stall each Sunday. We will have our full range of wines and baked products (bread, cakes, and brownies) plus our preserves. However we will not be operating wine tasting in the market for the time being, because of the difficulties with Covid-19 hygiene requirements.

You can also visit us as usual at our Domaine, where we will be offering our full range of wines and our other products. Normally we will be open from 11h00 to 18h30 Monday to Saturday, but if you are coming from a significant distance it would be advisable to phone or email us first in case we both have to be away at the same time.

Deliveries of orders to addresses in mainland France are working normally and you can order by phone, email or post.

Recent Harvests:

The 2020 grape harvest was of good quality, although the modest yield, due to a late attack of powdery mildew (oidium), was rather disappointing. However we have good stocks of Le Clos (chardonnay) and the 2019 La Combe (sauvignon) should last until the 2020 becomes available. As for the reds, we continue with the powerful 2009 Fût and the 2010 Classique. We will release the 2011 Réserve later in the year, if we consider that it is sufficiently aged.

The 2018 reds were bottled in November 2020. It is a very attractive vintage with excellent soft fruit, but of course needs more aging in bottle and will not be released for a few years yet.

The 2020 walnut crop gave us a very satisfactory yield of 1.5 tonnes of mostly good-sized nuts. This is very welcome after small crops in both 2017 and 2019 and has enabled us to resume making our fine walnut oil, which will be fully available at least through to 2022.

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