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A little late in the season, but we managed to get ourselves on to one of the last tours of the year, and we were really pleased we were able to do so!

Bergerac Wine Tours pick you up and drop you off at a pre-arranged meeting point and then take you on an informative tour of some of the vineyards and chateaux in the Bergerac region, just over an hour away from La Blanquette. Our host for the day was Alex who is great fun and a really friendly character, and we were joined by two other wine-tourists who happened to be from the West Country back in the UK also!

Our first stop was Chateau Lestevenie, where we had a very informative introduction to grape cultivation from Humphrey the owner and ‘vigneron’! (Humphrey happened to come from Somerset in the West Country also!) We then tried some of their great wines and purchased several bottles including their amazing (and prestigious) Saussignac, a limited edition sweet wine made from the Semillon grape.

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For something slightly different we then visited a local chocolatier, ‘Rody Chocolaterie’ to try some of his interesting con-choc-tions! After satisfying our cravings with tasting (and buying!) we then travelled to the hills above Eymet, with stunning views, where Alex and the team provided us with an amazing alfresco lunch (and more wine!)

Afterwards we went to a large Co-Op facility where local, smaller vignerons bring their grapes for wine production. After a more formal guided tasting a few more cases were purchased, including a fabulous sparkling rosé.

Needless to say, everyone was very chatty on the return journey!

We can thoroughly recommend this day out – Christelle, Alex and Jessica are fantastic hosts.

More information can be found at the following websites :

BERGERAC WINE TOURS (also on Twitter : @BergyWineTours)

CHATEAU LESTIVINIE