At the heart of the Quercy, not far from the Lot
valley, Manoir du Rouergou is a beautiful
example of local 17th and 18th century country
architecture. The property is a listed historical
monument since 1987. Its architecture is typical
of wine chateaux of the area.The property name
derives from the region of origin of the
immigrants that repopulated the area after the
100-year war and the plagues of the early 17th
century. It is ideally located for wine production.
Very few documents have survived but it is at
this time that the Couderc family bought the
land. This family will own the property until the
late 19th century. This family became important
in the area and had links with the local
establishment. Records show blood alliance with
the local notary in Catus in several instances.
During this period, main activities were wine and
truffle production, and sheep farming.
The property was then sold to the Teyssèdre
family but as their heirs were killed in the first
world war, the estate was sold to a neighbour
who used the house as a corn and tobacco
storage facility. The property fell gradually into
disrepair and was sold to various owners before
it was bought by the current owner, Chantal
Crenne, who restored it and pushed for the
buildings to be listed in 1987. The vineyard was
replanted in 1992 and now produces a fine
Cahors wine (go to wine production ).
Several construction steps can be identified. The
pigeon tower and the lower floors of the house
which contain the original wine production
facilities were probably built in the 17th century.
However recent remains discovered recently
suggest the existence of a more ancient settlement
(15th or 16th century).
In the 18th century, the original building was
upgraded with the addition of one floor and 4
additional rooms with three fireplaces.
The property includes various buildings in
exceptionally good condition. The main barn is
exceptional by it size and its structure (25 meters
long) using curved beams carved from entire
trees to support the roof. The other buildings
have stone rooves (called "lauzes"), several of
them with vaults.