Bergerac 24100

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Bergerac is a popular destination for UK buyers as it is served by theBergerac Roumanière airport (code EGC), which has internal flights, and more importantly routes to UK airports including Southampton, Bristol, Manchester, East Midlands, Luton, Edinburgh, Exeter, Liverpool, Birmingham, Leeds-Bradford and Stansted airports. There are also flight between Bergerac and Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Bergerac offers some fine wines due to the soil which is very similar to the adjacent Bordeaux area. There is a wine house by the river which features an exhibition based upon the history of wine growing. At the last count there were 1,200 wine-growers cultivating an area of 12,000 hectares (around 30,000 acres).

The red wines are a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & Merlot - often dark in color, with full-bodied flavours.

The white wines are mainly a blend of  Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc or Fris, & Muscadelle - leading to fruity, dry white wines that can be powerful, or medium-sweet / sweet wines that are both aromatic and powerful.

In addition to its wine, the Bergerac region is also well known for walnuts, sweet chestnuts, strawberries, melons, and foie gras.

Lesser know today, is the Tobacco Museum is located in the Maison Peyrarède, also known as the Château Henri IV. The tobacco is important enough to the town to warrant its own museum, as does wine. The "Maison du Vin" is also the regular venue for jazz nights on balmy summer evenings.