Two periods in France's history would contribute specifically and, more often than not, exceptionally to the Pays de Bergerac: the Middle Ages, in particular during the Hundred Years' War, and the Renaissance, when most of the jewels of this heritage were built.
Oh, I can see that you're just itching to go back through time and explore the best of the Middle Ages, like in "THE VISITORS 4", or end up in the middle of the French Wars of Religion and take on your adversary...
...so, what are you waiting for... put on Godefroy de Montmirail's suit of chainmail armour and let's go and discover what's waiting for you.
At the Château de Monbazillac, homonymous wines take centrestage, and for good reason… The owner is none other than the Cooperative Winery, grouping together the winegrowers of...Monbazillac. The castle's 4 towers stand proudly above an ocean of vines; the castle can pride itself on its rather unique appearance, a talented blend of features derived from medieval architecture and other styles which bear witness to the influence of the period it was built in: the Renaissance. Emblematic of the Pays de Bergerac, the castle has remained intact since the end of the 16th century. This lastingness is quite an exception in a region where wars, peasant uprisings and the revolution did not spare the aristocratic facades dotted around the landscape.
Take time to stretch your legs, and stroll around the park, then take in the extraordinary 180° view from the terraces, looking over the Dordogne River Valley and Bergerac.
When you've finished your tour around the castle and its magnificent wine cellar, where you will discover a wall featuring some 6,000 yellow and golden-coloured bottles, we invite you to taste these sweet, syrupy wines (free-of-charge) in the specially-dedicated wine bar.
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The Château de Bridoire is a kingdom where games, for young and old alike, reign supreme! Games are an invitation to explore this heritage which was neglected for many years by Bergerac locals.
Bridoire was the target of vandalism and looting before being purchased by a private couple. Today, this unfortunate period is now long gone.
A great selection of faithfully-reproduced traditional games is available indoors and outdoors. Come and spend an entertaining moment with family or friends, and no matter your age, we guarantee you'll have an amazing, fun-filled time!
During summer, take part in one of the candlelit evenings hosted by magically enchanting costumed characters. And while you're there, why not indulge in a few delicious Périgord specialities or a snack of "merveilles" ... small homemade sugary fritters!
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Château de Biron
This castle, which was granted the "Site Majeur d'Aquitaine" (Major Aquitaine Site) label in 2011, is one of the four baronies of Périgord along with Bourdeilles, Beynac and Mareuil. Every century, from the 12th through to the 18th, left its mark on this outstanding architectural ensemble, making it incomparably appealing.
Bonus: During summer and school holidays, the castle organizes thematic events and dramatized night-time tours.
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Le Chateau et la Tour Historique Michel de Montaigne are to be found at the limit of Périgord and the region of Bordeaux, in the village of Saint-Michel-de-Montaigne.
It is a fortified manor house of the 14th century and was the family house of the Renaissance philosopher and thinker, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne.
Many times reconstructed and partially rebuilt after the fire which devastated it in 1885, the castle presents a neo-Renaissance style. Built in the heart of majestic gardens, the design was drawn up by the philosopher himself.
Only the circular tower of the ‘library’ was saved from the flames and Montaigne made his retreat here. Here the decoration is unchanged from 1571 to his death in 1592. Here he wrote his Essays, a major work of Renaissance.
On the ceiling joists, the poet carved, as if written in flames, the result of his thoughts and readings, leaving us a real lesson of wisdom and the legacy of a universal humanism, whose influence is nowadays still real.
Le chateau de Montaigne is at last a vineyard. A tasting of Vin de Montaigne will be offered at the moment of your visit. Further details…