Wine gaming is a game of discovery linked to the subject of wine and takes place on site at a vineyard. In the Bergerac wine region, the only vineyard to hold a licence for this relatively new concept is Domaine Du Haut Montlong.

Wine gaming involves answering 12 questions, following a circuit around the vineyard plus wine tasting in order to win a prize at the end. It lasts for approximately 1 ½ hours.

Laurence Metifet owns Domaine du Haut Montlong with her husband, Phillippe, and they are very pleased with how wine gaming has taken off. “We get a lot of families reserving and although at first the children look a little confused about the concept, they end up loving it as they are spending precious, fun time with their family outside,” says Laurence. “Wine gaming is also popular with companies who use it as a team building exercise. Plus, it’s available with Wonderbox as an idea for a present”.

Wine gaming can be reserved in the summer months (reservation only) and takes place twice a day. The cost is 20 € per adult and 12€ per child les than 12 years old. Minimum of two people per reservation, maximum of eight.

Another unusual concept at Domaine Du Haut Montlong is the 10 cl phial. These caught my eye straightaway and Laurence told me that they are very popular as presents with tourists as there is no tax to pay on them and they can be taken in hand luggage on the aeroplane. Laurence also told me how she had one customer that placed one phial at each place setting at a large Christmas table. Such a great idea which is definitely earmarked for next Christmas.

A few facts:

  • Laurence and Phillippe are the fourth generation of the family to run the vineyard
  • A hundred years ago, the domaine was seven hectares, today it is 70
  • The vineyard is completely organic
  • The vineyard produces 17 different types of Bergerac appellation wines including red, white, rosé and sweet.
  • The vineyard also produces a special Vin de France which is free of sulfites.
  • Domaine Du Haut Montlong sells wine all over the world including China and Malta
  • Visits to the vineyard are possible (involves a cost)
  • During the summer, the vineyard organises 4-5 “soirées guinguettes” where guests sit on bales of straw, food is cooked on site and there is live music
  • Domaine Du Haut Montlong sits high up on the plateau on the south side of Bergerac and has fantastic views of the valley
  • Phials cost 2.50 €. Presentation boxes also available

Domaine Du Haut Montlong

Lieu dit Le Malveyrein

24240 Pomport

Office: 05 53 58 81 60

Mobile: 06 74 78 45 78 / 06 72 10 23 22

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