The Dordogne department, named after its majestic Dordogne river, is home to an enchanting mix of picture-perfect villages and rolling vineyards. This is French countryside charm at its very best.
Dordogne’s vineyards occupy the south-western corner of the region surrounding the town of Bergerac. The vineyards carpet the countryside around the town, spreading up the north and south-facing banks of the river.
Dordogne vineyards produce crisp dry whites, rich reds, fragrant rosés and luscious sweet wines. With 13 AOCs (Appéllations d’Origines Contrôlées) and more than 900 wine-growers who cultivate over 12,000 hectares the choice is broad making the region a treasure trove for wine lovers.
AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée) or AOP (Appellation d’Origine Protégée) which refers to the new European classification, denotes a guarantee of origin and quality when used on a wine label.
The red grapes grown in the region are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Fer Servadou and Merille.
The white grapes are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle, Ondenc, Chenin Blanc and Ugni Blanc