Friday, January 16, 2015

Cahors and its black wine : stars in a tv detective series

This Saturday, 17th of January 2015, Cahors and its wine region are the setting of a detective story, an episode of the French well-known tv series "Le Sang de la vigne".
This series after the novels of Jean-Pierre Alaux - he himself a native of the Lot - is a light hearted detective series, featuring in each episode a wine region of France : this time the valley of the Lot.

The series has been very successful over the last four years, on tv and in book, reaching top rankings.
One of the main reasons is - apart from the main actor, Pierre Arditi - the fact that in every episode a lot of touristic highlights of each region are integrated in the series.
In the Lot episode - amongst others - the most important that might be rather familiar to a lot of you are : The pont Valentré in Cahors, château de Mercuès, château du Cayrou in Puy-l’Evêque, château Lagrézette à Caillac, Albas et of course Saint-Cirq-Lapopie. The jesuit college in the centre of Cahors was transformed into the commissariat, the local police station.

A little fait divers on this episode is that your humble servant was present at the shooting at the Château du Cayrou and could talk to the main actor and a lot of the crew.

So if you don't have other things to do : watch it. Exact place and time: France 3, Saturday at 20.50 hours, title: "Chaos dans le vin noir".

For more information see :

For those who cannot see it "live" there is the opportunity to watch it in replay until one week after broadcasting at the following address :

Have a nice tv evening.

preparation of the shooting at the château du Cayrou

the principal actors, a.o. Pierre Arditi, the detective-oenologist (2nd from left)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

All the very best for 2015

Happy New Year!

At the beginning of 2015 Mas de l'Houvande would like to thank all its guests and wish them all the best for the year to come.
Best greetings and wishes also to all our friends and family all over the world.

May all your wishes and dreams come true and may 2015 be filled with happiness, joy and - above all - a good health.

Cheers !

Fireworks at the Pont Valentré in Cahors