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Our grape varieties

Did you know that there are over 10,000 different grape varieties in the world?

Only a small number are significant however –whether on a regional or national scale–

and you will only need to remember 9 of them to become an expert on the wines of Bergerac and Duras!

Grape variety or the spice of life

Why do we blend?

Why 9 grape varieties instead of one for reds and one for whites?

It’s very simple. Here the wines are blended meaning several grape varieties are combined to create richer and more complex wines. Blending is mandatory in Bergerac but not in Duras.

We vinify our grape varieties and our cuvees separately. The blending is the final touch of the winemaking process. Like a painter would do with his colour palette, a winemaker blends varieties with cuvees in order to obtain the best wine possible.

The blending forges the style of the wine, usually by combining three grapes for a red wine and two varieties for a white wine.

Our grape varieties

Forgotten grapes

Some varieties are still part of the grapes authorised by the Bergerac AOC, but they have almost disappeared – ‘Fer Servadou’ and ‘Mérille’.
Fer Servadou is a black grape originally from the Spanish side of the Basque Country, cultivated in the South-West of France. These wines have a dark colour, expressive tannins, they are round and fruity (blackcurrant, raspberry and green peppers, etc).
Mérille is a grape from the Tarn-et-Garonne region of France, which was once part of the Bergerac winegrowing area. Mérille provides light wine, with light flavour – simple and inelaborate.
As for the Côtes de Duras AOC, the Mauzac and the Ondenc are now left aside, in favour of other varieties.