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.
photo Michele Ch'i
We produce very high quality red, white and rosé 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!
Our 2010 Cuvée Bonheur received a starred entry in Guide Hachette for 2014. We're pleased that both vintages of this wine have been well-received.
The 2013 vintage The 2013 La Combe (sauvignon) is now available together with the 2013 rosé. We made a single cuvée of red cahors in this rather difficult year, using a vinification adapted to the quality of the grapes, which had very ripe fruit but tanins not fully mature. This wine is now showing very well after the winter. It will be bottled without barrel ageing and should be ready to drink relatively soon, in perhaps two years time. We shall give it a new name, since it is of a somewhat different style to our usual production.
New wine classifications - see Our Wines for the new terms which replace AOC and Vin de Pays.