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Bergerac is a wine region located in southwest France. To the immediate west of Bergerac is the legendary wine region of Bordeaux. The most prominent wineries of Bergerac can be found in the Perigord region, which is revered for its culinary traditions such as black truffles and foie gras.
Unlike wines from other regions of France, wines from Bergerac are rarely exported abroad. Only 15% of the region’s wines are exported, and those are primarily sent to just a handful of countries: Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, and the Netherlands.
The most popular white grape varietals within Bergerac include Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, and Muscadelle. In addition, some white wines are made from grapes such as Chenin Blanc and Ugni Blanc (Trebbiano). In terms of red grape varietals, the most popular ones include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The red wines from Bergerac tend to be dark and full-bodied, while the white wines are dry, flowery and somewhat fruity. In addition, the region produces some sweet wines that are very aromatic.
Winemaking in Bergerac has existed since the arrival of the Romans. Throughout history, the River Dordogne, which winds through Bergerac, has been a key transit link for the area’s wine trade. Bergerac has been exporting wines since 1254 when white wines were sent to England.
There are now 13 wine appellations found within Bergerac. In recent years, Bergerac has attempted to boost its reputation as a destination for serious winemaking, experimenting with winemaking techniques such as barrel aging. In addition, the region has a growing organic and bio-dynamic wine sector, as well as a growing number of famed women winemakers.