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The vineyards of


Rolling hills and exquisite wines

The origins of the Bergerac Duras vineyards date back to 281 AD and the Roman conquest of Gaul. The advent of Gallo-Roman civilisation reshaped the landscape of the region, and the particularly mild climate undoubtedly favoured the cultivation of grapes.

The good stuff

Up until the 18th century, a number of coinciding factors encouraged the development of the vineyards: King Henry III of England, seduced by the benefits of this nectar, facilitated the wine trade and enthusiastically encouraged the planting of new vines to the detriment of other crops.

Entire plots of land were devoted to growing vineyards because of the flourishing exports to England and later to the Netherlands and Belgium. At the same time, river trading expanded massively. Given the difficulty of other means of transportation, barges, ploughing the river Dordogne, played a key role in the development of winegrowing too.

The first sweet white wines such as Saussignac, Montravel and Monbazillac appeared in the 17th century. Today, however, winegrowers are producing excellent red, white and rosé wines too! For the most part, these wines are made from the same grape varieties as those used in neighbouring Bordeaux.

One for each day of the week

The seven Bergerac wine appellations offer a taste of pleasure for the senses within a beautifully preserved natural environment.

  • Bergerac: One of France’s oldest appellations – it has just celebrated its 80th anniversary – the Bergerac PDO (AOP in French) covers the entire Bergerac region. These wines come in red, rosé and white varieties.
  • Monbazillac: The sweet wines of Monbazillac are known for delicious aromas of candied fruit and are characterised by their freshness, smoothness and complexity. Cuvées bearing the “sélection de grains nobles” label are the most concentrated (over 85g/l of residual sugar).
  • Pécharmant: Pécharmant wines are intense, complex reds. Pleasant when young, their age adds an extra touch of elegance.
  • Montravel: Available in 4 colours – dry white, sweet, syrupy and red – Montravel wines are characterized by an elegant freshness.
  • Saussignac: A light sweet wine whose sugar content is exclusively due to the utilisation of the noble rot fungus in production.
  • Rosette: A mellow wine with a touch of finesse, characterised by its freshness and modernity.
  • Côtes de Duras: Available in 4 colours – dry white, sweet, rosé and red – Côtes de Duras wines offer a very broad palette: fruity or more intense reds, whites ranging from very dry to sweet. These are wines with personality, and easy to marry.

Natural wines

In the Bergerac Duras vineyards, winemakers have long worked to preserve their land and it has passed down from generation to generation. Fully aware of their role as stewards of the environment, today over 70% of vineyards are committed to an environmental approach.

At the heart of this patchworked landscape of vineyards and wilderness, the environment is a working tool that all are committed to safeguarding and preserving. Biodiversity is more than just an idea – it’s a way of life that is practiced on a daily basis and forms the DNA of the vineyards and an entire region.

Visiting, tasting and staying in vineyards

The national “Vignobles & Découvertes” label makes it easier to plan short or longer stays in the vineyards. Thanks to carefully selected services, it guarantees you direct access to the very best the region has to offer.

All the local partners displaying the “Vignobles & Découvertes” label are committed to meeting a range of high standards: an impeccable quality of welcome, a special sensitivity to the world of wine, a passion for sharing, authenticity as well as the preservation of the region’s natural, cultural and human heritage.

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Château de Monbazillac

Rooted in the vineyards since the 16th century, the Château de Monbazillac is a must-see in the Bergerac region.

A new museum dedicated to the wines of Monbazillac will transport you to the heart of the largest sweet wine vineyard in the world, while immersive exhibitions will take you back in time to the Bacalan family, who owned the Château during the French Revolution.

Take time to enjoy the panoramic view over the Bergerac valley before learning the art of wine tasting.

  • Length of visit: 90 minutes
  • Self-guided tour
  • Accessibility for people with reduced mobility

Around Bergerac

Bastide towns

Built on a grid-like system in the Middle Ages, bastide towns are a fascinating trip back in time. No less than six bastides are located just a short distance from Bergerac.

An exceptional well-preserved heritage including:

  • Monpazier: The most famous of the bastide towns and one of the “Most Beautiful Villages in France”
  • Eymet: The bastide town of Eymet is very famous across the Channel as nearly 20% of the population of Eymet is of British origin
  • Beaumont-du-Périgord: The Bastide of Beaumont, founded in 1272, contains some incredible medieval treasures
  • Lalinde: The first English bastide in Périgord
  • Bastide des Molières: The smallest bastide in Périgord
  • Villefranche-du-Périgord: Founded in 1261