The Dordogne is well-known for its breath-taking, fairytale castles. Château de Milandes, Beynac, Hautefort and Castelnaud are all up there at the top of our list of places to visit. And a visit to the Dordogne just wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world famous Château de Monbazillac. Sitting majestically on the hillside overlooking the Dordogne valley, this 16th century castle is one of the Dordogne’s gems. It also has something else to offer…wine!

A visit to Château de Monbazillac begins inside the castle itself with an interactive exhibition. This takes you through some of the story of Bergerac as a major Protestant centre in the French wars of religion and how Monbazillac wines were linked to this. The second part of the exhibition showcases the history of the Bacalan family who owned the castle at the time of the French Revolution.

Noble rot

Having had your blast of local culture, it’s then time to move on to the modern museum devoted to Monbazillac wines. Here the visitor can learn all about the importance of “Noble rot” which gives the wine its distinctive characteristic.

A visit wouldn’t be complete without some wine tasting and this is offered in either the Aroma pavilion or Pavillon Brizay restaurant, depending on your entry ticket (see below).

Art, music and nature

The château and its park offer a magnificent, natural setting for art exhibitions with an artist in residence during the summer.

And finally, if you time it right, you can round off your visit with a peaceful stroll around the park before the sun sets over the valley of Bergerac. This is when you’ll want to be on the terrace where you can enjoy live music, sharing platters complimented with a little glass of sweet white wine and of course, the breath-taking views.

Chateau de Monbazillac also offers a childrens’ centre and shop on the estate.

The visitor to Chateau de Monbazillac has three entry options: the Monba’licieux tour gives full access and commentated wine tasting in the Pavillon des aromes (three different wines). The Monbazill’Art tour gives full access and wine tasting opposite the castle (one wine). The Monbassadeur pass offers unlimited access to the château for one year with offers and surprises. The restaurant space is for visitors with a Monba’licieux, Monbazil’Art or Monbassadeur pass only.

A glass of Monbazillac is often served with Foie Gras as a starter and/or with a dessert.

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