Bergerac Wine Region Guide

Bergerac Unveiled: Beyond Bordeaux’s Shadow, a World of Unique Wines and Timeless Elegance


Last updated: February 18, 2024


Long colonized by expats and weekend Parisians, Bergerac remains one of the most popular parts of southwestern France. Indeed, its attractions are obvious and numerous: superlative gastronomy, chocolate-box towns, and the bucolic splendor of unspoiled, rolling countryside. Little wonder the English desperately attempted to maintain their hegemony over the region (unsuccessfully) during the Hundred Years’ War.

Yet the wines of Bergerac have, until recently, been largely ignored by the globe-trotting wine glitterati, lazily derided as a “decent alternative to Bordeaux.” But although many of the key grape varieties are the same, the wines of the Dordogne have their own distinct identity – differences in terroir and climate bring this about. The truth is that Bergerac is far more than simply a clone of its larger neighbor. It is, therefore, worthy of further investigation.

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