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About Domaine du Garinet

Owned since 1994 by Mike and Sue Spring, Domaine du Garinet, is 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 have consistently produced high quality red and white wines using modern methods to give fine wines that are typical of our area. Everything has been done and supervised by us at the property from the vine to the bottle, giving the ultimate in traceability and quality control.

But things must now change. Sadly Mike died peacefully at home at the beginning of 2022 following a recent diagnosis of lung cancer. From now on no more wine will be made at Domaine du Garinet but I will remain and continue to sell our stock of bottled wine which is maturing nicely in our underground cellar. I will also continue to look after our walnut orchard so that I can maintain my bread and walnut cake making. Sue.

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, but more detail follows if you want to know more. There’s also a page about our other traditional products - Walnuts and Prunes.

I enjoy meeting the many customers who come to buy directly from the property, when you can ask about vinegrowing and winemaking - see Contact/Visit. The Lot Valley page tells you a little about the many attractions of our area. Do come to Domaine du Garinet if you come to SW France!

Arrangements for Sales

The Montcuq Sunday market is now fully operating although you might notice some changes to the layout. I shall be at my stall each Sunday with our range of wines and baked and home-made products. I will recommence wine tasting at the market in the summer, as long has Covid-19 regulations permit.

You can also visit the Domaine, where I will be offering our full range of wines and other products. See Contact/Visit for new guaranteed opening times. If you are coming from a significant distance it would be advisable to phone or email me first in case I have to be away from the Domaine at the 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 and 2021 grape harvests were of good quality although the modest yields were rather disappointing. However we have good stocks of Le Clos (chardonnay) but there is smaller quantity of 2021 la Combe. The 2018 reds are proving to be a very attractive vintage with excellent soft fruit, but of course they need 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 nuts. This is very welcome after small crops in both 2017 and 2019 and has enabled us to resume making our fine walnut oil. The 2021 & 2022 crops were smaller but enough for baking and whole walnut sales. Sadly, a late frost knocked out all the plum and quinces.

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