A Wine Vacation In The Dordogne

October 9, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Travel for Foodies

It is the limestone cliffs and winding roads bordered by vineyards that enchant visitors to the Dordogne. This beautiful corner of France located between the Atlantic Coast and the Mediterranean has a nostalgic aura to it. The light is soft. The villages are small and old fashioned. The pace of life slow. The scenery unspoiled. And the wine! This is the Bergerac region which produces roses, whites and reds. And where there is wine there is a food culture that compliments it. So a vacation to the Dordogne captures both passions.

Book a room in the beautiful honey colored stone 18th century B&B L’Ombriere in Vitrac with its amazing views of the spectacular Montfort Castle. Home cooked breakfasts and dinners by the owners and beautifully decorated comfortable rooms make this a great base to tour from. You will be located in the Perigord Noir with many attractions nearby. Castles and gardens and vineyards are but a stone’s throw away. The following vineyards welcome visitors and offer tours and other activities.

Domaine de Coutancie welcomes visitors year round to try their wines as well as dine there on produce from the family butcher shop at special wine pairing meals which you can book by calling the chateau or by visiting their web site.

Chateau Tour Des Gendres makes organic wines and invites visitors to come for tastings.

Chateau de Tiregand is the oldest vineyard in the Bergerac where you can visit for tastings and book a guided tour to learn about their wines and the history of the area and its winemaking culture.

Chateau de Fayolle has an English owner. A visit there can include lunch and wine holidays are their specialty.

Chateau Court-les-Muts. Visit and sample their dry white wines and their new Saussignac made from late harvest grapes. July and August.

For dining in the region with the emphasis on wine, reserve a table at Le Moulin de l’Abbaye in Brantome. It is located within a watermill and has a view of an abbey. The picturesque location will take your breath away. Located in a Relais & Chateau level hotel, the restaurant is a fine dining experience that is as romantic as it is haute gourmet! Another gourmet experience can be had at the ever popular Le Presidial in Sarlat-la-Canada for a great lunch. This is where to find the classic dishes of the region from duck confit to foie gras to local fish. Or come at night and dine outside to enjoy the scenery that is all lit up. The wine list at both restaurants is reflective of the best wines of the region.

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