Moissac is a small town in the Tarn et Garonne department, through which run both the river Tarn and the startling emerald-green waters of the canal de la Garonne. At one point the canal crosses the river on an impressive bridge - at 356 metres, one of the longest in France.

The town is also the home of an abbey whose cloister is reputed to be the most beautiful in the world. It is open to the public, so you can visit it yourself and see if you agree!


The monks of the abbey early began cultivating grapes for wine production, and legends has it that when Moissac was under siege in 1212, and there was no water handy, Simon de Montfort ordered wine used to extinguish the flames on one of his siege engines.

In any case, these days the vines around the town produce the famous “chasselas de Moissac” - a small, sweet, golden table grape.

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