HIGHLIGHTS of Wine Tours in
If you are a wine tourist who wants a journey of discovery in a rural area
wants a compact wine region crammed with a
vast range of attractions, Dropt and Garonne river system, river boats, chateaux, historical
wine villages, English Bastides towns, great markets and so much more;
then the Duras wine region will appeal to you.
The Duras Montgolfier balloon festival usually takes place in the 2nd. Week in August.
Every day, fifteen or so brightly-coloured hot-air balloons take off from Duras castle
or one of the villages.
The touring Medieval festival visits Duras in August where there is a great
feast for the public at the Chateaux.
Great Wine Festival
Early August sees the great Wine Festival with tasting of wines from the
Duras appellation, inductions into the Brotherhood of the Wines of Duras.
(buy a glass for 5 Euros and try out as much and as many of the local wines as you can)
Phone : + 33 5 53 93 71 18
Web : http://www.paysdeduras.com
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Duras Town like so many other medieval towns, villages and Bastides in the Duras region
is remarkably well-conserved. Duras town is situated on the Dropt River and its quays once
bustled with the loading of wine barrels onto "garbares", flat-bottomed boats, for shipping to Bordeaux.
Chateau de Duras
The chateau has a long and lustrous history being built in 1308 as a fortress by Bertrand de Goth. By the 16th. century the Durfort,
Dukes of Duras, had converted it into a "residential dwelling". The chateau has been extensively renovated and today houses a fine
museum and over 35 restored rooms that can be visited.
Much of the building is open to the public and is certainly worth a visit.
Well worth a visit and an explore.
A charming medieval village constructed largely in the 14th. and 15 th. centuries, it was designed
as a fortified town - "Bastide". It is situated 16 kms to the north of Duras and often described as the village of stone
and timber. Very original and a real trip back to the Middle ages. On Sundays this peaceful village
comes vibrantly alive with a colourful and busy street market - considered to be in the top 100 markets in France.
Duras is the home of Guinguet Chocolats who specialise in both hand-crafted chocolates
and chocolate coated Agen prunes. Direct public sales are available from their
boutique and inspection of the manufacturing facilities are welcome - well worth a
visit. Ph. 05 53 83 72 47 Directions from Tourist office
Eymet - Bastide town
This medieval village clusters around its square and for centuries has been the centre for comerce and regional life