The Bergerac vineyards

The Bergerac vineyards covers 12,000 hectares along the Dordogne river. It is made up of 13 appellations, of which Monbazillac and Pécharmant are certainly the most famous.

A little history

It was the Romans who first planted vines in the region.
In the past, the castles of the Vézère valley were surrounded by vineyards, but unfortunately phylloxera wreaked havoc, as it did throughout France, and there are no vines left in this part of Périgord. Only the Domme region has retained a few hectares in the Périgord Noir region and produces the Vin de Domme. The vineyards of the Dordogne are mainly located in the Bergerac region from now on.

What types of wine are produced in the Dordogne?

The Bergerac winegrowers offer red wines balanced and fruity, rosés fresh and light, but also whites. Aromatic, delicate dry whites, whites somewhere between semi-dry and sweet that stand comparison with our neighbours in the Côtes de Gascogne, and finally the sweet whites that have made the region's reputation for many years.
With Bergerac wines, there's something for everyone!

What grape varieties are grown in the Bergerac region?

The Bergerac grape varieties are largely the same as those in Bordeaux.
Red and rosé wines are made from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
Whites include Sauvignon blanc, Sauvignon gris, Sémillon, Muscadelle and Chenin.
Chardonnay and Savagnin are also used in some vins de pays.

What time of year is it best to visit the Bergerac vineyards?

Of course, the shimmering autumn colours on the vines are magnificent. However, to make the most of the vineyards and have the best chance of talking to the winegrowers, it's best to winter or summer. These two seasons require less work in the vineyards and cellars. The winegrowers make themselves available through events such as the oyster and wine festival in Eymet or the Jazz en Chai festival which takes place at various wine estates.

Where can you find Bergerac wine?

All the best restaurants in the Dordogne! Find the list of restaurants in the Vézère valley ICI.
If you want to buy some bottles and share them with your friends when you get home, there are several options: you can approach the cellars and wineries who make direct selling or else order online.

In Le Bugue, a family-run business offers you a wide selection of Bergerac wines from the region. Established in 1983, the Julien de Savignac cellar also has its own vineyard in the Bergerac region: Clos l'Envège in Monbazillac, acquired in 1998. There are no fewer than 11 Julien de Savignac cellars spread across the Dordogne (Le Bugue, Sarlat, Brantôme) and the Paris region.

Which Bergerac wine goes with which dish?

We'll help you impress your friends with a Périgord meal 😉

  • A Perigord salad? A Pécharmant. This appellation is unique in that it only exists in red.
  • Cream of asparagus soup? A Bergerac dry white. Certainly the least well-known appellation in the region, but just as tasty.
  • Duck confit? A Bergerac redIf possible, the wine should be aged in barrels to bring balance between the dish and the wine.
  • A walnut cake? A Sweet Bergerac. This appellation has more freshness than Monbazillac, while retaining its aromatic exuberance.
  • Strawberry cake? A Monbazillac for those with a sweet tooth or Rosette for the most delicate.

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