Here’s our Top 6 things to buy in the Dordogne!
We work in partnership with local vineyards for wine tasting tours by taxi.
But if you don’t wish to spend a couple of hours in a vineyard, you can buy directly from a shop/vineyard.
Our favorite one is : The Domaine de L’Ancienne Cure (shop & vineyard run by organic winegrower, Christian Roche), 15 mins drive from our rental and on the way to Bergerac airport. More details: https://goo.gl/dXtPdU
2- CHEESE: Trappe d’Echourgnac
This is one of my all time favorite cheese and we call it here, in our house, “Nuns Cheese”…. why???? Simply because it’s been produced by nuns since 1868 at the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Bonne Espérance (our Lady of Good Hope), near Double in Dordogne.
La Trappe d’Echourgnac is made from pasteurized cow’s milk. The Abbey produces two versions of the cheese; a traditional recipe based on Port Salut and a newer version of the same cheese but washed with walnut liqueur (the exterior rind is a dark, rich brown).
It’s a mild cheese with a nutty flavour so it will appeals to a lot of people.
You can purchase them from the Abbey shop or in any good local supermarkets.
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Bonne Espérance
Directions : 1,5 km west from Échourgnac via the D8 going to Saint-Aulaye.
GPS : Longitude 45.127753° N – Latitude 0.213363° E.
Google Map : https://goo.gl/maps/Wk4DiBMK8WE2.
Site : http://www.abbaye-echourgnac.org/
For info: Vacuum-packed cheese for an easy transport : 18€/kg (photo: 0,840kg for 15,25€)
3- CEPES, TRUFFLES, FOIE GRAS…...: our one stop shop in Bergerac: La Truffe Perigourdine Address, opening hours…: https://goo.gl/dNqvxA)
4- HONEY (directly from the beekeeper):
5 mins drive right outside Beaumont du Perigord, our village, Jean-Michel and Claire Borie, honey farmers, sell an outstanding honey!
My favorite one, is the creamy version, perfect for spreading on homemade bread!
Other honey available: chesnut, lime tree, all flowers, acacia…
Lon : 0.7578379999999925
Lat : 44.724718
Addresse : Videpot 24440 NOJALS ET CLOTTE
Phone : +33 5 53223730
Directions and map: https://goo.gl/1Moesu
5- CRAFTS FROM TALENTED LOCAL ARTISTS:
If I had to pick only 2, it would be:
– Eric Simonin, Glass blower in Brantome
Eric Simonin chose Brantome, the “Venise du Perigord”, to set up his workshop. A true artist, he creates amazing and unique glass art sculptures inspired from Mother Nature: jellyfish, anemone, mushrooms, stones… and turns them into lamps, plates, jewellery and even chrismas balls. They are all breathtaking and no wonder they were in the nationalTV a few times.
Website and online shop:http://www.ericsimonin.fr/
–Alexandra and Jean-François Cesar from the pottery shop “La Salamandre” in Monpazier.
They make the most exquisite ceramic, stoneware and porcelain ware you’ve ever seen and at a reasanable price!
6- FLEA MARKET or BROCANTE
The brocante is THE place where you can pick up a unique souvenir, some fantastic bargains and some real treasures to take home!