Wine Tours in France - Bergerac
The Bergerac wine region, while being seven ‘regions’, is easily experienced from one accommodation base as it has a good road system in all directions with numerous roads servicing the various grape-growing areas. While an established “La Route des Vins” with signage is found throughout the region, it is designed more to allow you to see vineyards rather than taste wine in wineries. We would recommend for your first day that you either visit a local tourist office, or one of the better caves in the region. Better still is to take advantage of local knowledge and contacts and book for a one or more days' tour. A number of wineries are by appointment only.
Our top selection for wine tours in Bergerac : Chateau Feely
Caro and Sean Feely offer short, half-day, full-day, and multi-day tastings, courses and tours, including walking tours, from their beautiful organic and biodynamic vineyard in Saussignac, in the heart of the Bergerac region. Prices start at €10 pp for a tasting and €99 pp for a full day. So there's something to suit every schedule and budget! They have accommodation too, so you can really relax and immerse yourself in this beautiful area.
Chateau Feely & French Wine Adventures
SARL Chateau Feely, Lieu Dit La Garrigue, 24240 Saussignac, France
Organic biodynamic vineyard and luxury eco accommodation: www.chateaufeely.com
Tours and certified wine school: www.frenchwineadventures.com
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The 7-hectare vineyard is run on biodynamic and organic principles. In their on-site winery the Feelys produce a dry Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend; a Sauvignon blanc, Rose and many reds – all low and no sulfite added natural wines.
Château Le Payral
LE BOURG 24240 RAZAC DE SAUSSIGNAC
Château Le Payral is a small family-run vineyard which covers 15 hillside hectares in the Bergerac and Saussignac Appellations. Thierry and Isabelle Daulhiac, along with Paul and Emilien, are the current owners. In 1992 Thierry inherited the vineyard from his father who had, in turn, inherited it from his father.
Chateau Le Payral Bergerac Sec
A blend of 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 35% Semillon and 5% Muscadelle with aromas of exotic fruits, white peaches and a fresh, grassy character. The palate is long with a full-bodied structure supporting the peachy, citrus fruit, and complemented by a dry finish.
Chateau Le Payral Rouge Bergerac
A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot this wine is spicy, with rich, soft, red berry fruits aromas. The palate has generous ripe fruit and a pepper-herby tone, while a fine structure lends finesse and elegance.
Chateau Le Payral CUVEE MARIE JEANNE Saussignac
A blend of 70% Semillon, 15% Muscadelle and 15% Sauvignon Blanc with a rich and honeyed nose with floral and slight apricot aromas. Apricots and honey can be found on the palate, with a sensual, silky texture and very fine balance. An award-winning wine.
Domaine Maye de Bouye
24240 Rouffignac de Sigoules near Bergerac
A third generation vineyard, Domaine Maye de Bouye is 25 hectares, being 10 hectares of white grapes and 15 hectares of red. The whites are structured for Monbazillac being Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc & Muscadelle. While the reds are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The owner and winemaker, Philip Couture and his charming wife, Corinne (speaks English and French), offer excellent wines including Monbazillac ’02,’03 & ‘04; a semi-sweet Moelleux ’04; a Rouge ’02 to ’05 plus a oak aged ’03; Sauvignon Blanc ’05 and a Rose’06. All excellent wines and we particularly enjoyed the Monbazillac and the Sauvignon Blanc.
Le Cave de Monbazillac
We try to include a regional cave as they offer ease of selection and wide range of wines from their cooperative member vineyards. This is an exceptional cave and well worth a visit. Excellent video presentation of wine region. While they specialise in Monbazillac sweet white wines, they also have a number of reds and we tasted the:
Marquis de Chanterac Pecharmant 2005
Chateau Pion Bergerac 2003
La Closerie du Chateau du Brie
Produced by the Lysee Viticole de Bergerac, a viticulture training establishment, with cellars just down the road from Chateau Monbazillac, where you will be most welcome to visit.
La Closerie du Chateau du Brie 2003 Bergerac
Chateau Pech la Calevie
Chateau Pech la Calevie Monbazillac 2005