The climate of Cahors is uniquely suited to growing and ripening the Malbec grape. Malbec has found success internationally in recent years, but its homeland is in and around Cahors in the southwest of France. Subject to oceanic influences, the mediterranean climate of Cahors has lower rainfall than Bordeaux . Hot, dry winds from the south blow during the autumn. In the hollow in the valley the river acts as a thermal regulator and a permanent reserve of water. This is ideal for the production of bold, smooth red wines.