Dordogne

A land of renowned gastronomy

 

Dordogne is particularly renowned for its generous gastronomy. A no less generous nature provides a great wealth of produce: strawberries of various sorts, walnuts which are used for pastries, oil, and liqueur; mushrooms such as “cèpes” served with meat or to perfume omelette, and of course the famous black truffle of Périgord, used to flavour omelettes, scrambled eggs, game preserves and stuffed poultry.

Dordogne is another of the French regions where duck is a king of local gastronomy. It is used for duck liver preserve, confit (served with Sarladaise potatoes which are just roasted potatoes with garlic, parsley and cep mushrooms) or simply duck breast grilled on charcoal.

Local produce are celebrated on a number of food festivals and fairs all year-long: truffle festival in January, walnut festival in August, strawberry festival also in August, chestnut and cep mushroom festival in October, turkey festival in November and of course this comes on top of all the local markets that one finds in villages and small towns several times a week.

Wines & vineyards

Dordogne is neighbour to the famous wine region of Bordeaux, and the south west of Dordogne sharing the same “terroir” and clement climate as Bordeaux area also offers good conditions for vine growing. As a consequence, the vine growing area is spread over 13,000 hectares around the town of Bergerac, in a part of Dordogne called Purple Perigord. The area produces mainly red and white wines, divided into 13 AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée).

  • Reds wines: AOC Bergerac, Côtes de Bergerac, Pécharmant and Montravel
  • Dry whites: AOC Bergerac and Montravel
  • Semi-sweet whites: AOC Côtes de Bergerac, Côtes de Montravel, Haut Montravel, Saussignac and Rosette
  • Sweet whites: AOC Monbazillac (this sweet white wine is served with duck or geese foie gras, and with some sorts of cheese too).
  • Rosés: AOC Bergerac

In order to promote this extraordinary wine heritage, the Maison des Vins de la Région de Bergerac has developed a special Wine Route (Route des Vins), a pleasant way of discovering a region and its charms!