Excellent wine has been produced at Château de Fayolle for centuries. The Gauls of the Périgord region were the first to plant vines in the Dordogne valley and wine has been exported from the Bergerac area to England since 1254 when the region was granted special privileges by the Plantagenet King Henry III (1207-1272). The Bergerac area is home to many innovative and imaginative wine makers and has gained a well deserved reputation for some excellent wines.
Château de Fayolle enjoys a superb ‘terroir’ that has been likened to that of its famous neighbour St Emilion. The vineyard is on a limestone-clay plateau which slopes gently towards the west and the 90 meter elevation above the Dordogne valley ensures a good flow of air through the vines and protects them against frost and disease. The soil or ‘terroir’ in this part of the Dordogne valley, with its maritime climate and calcareous source rock provide the perfect combination for producing one of the best wines of this region. In common with many of the vineyards of the Bergerac appellation, Fayolle is planted with the traditional Bordeaux varieties – Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc for the white wine; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which are blended to make up the reds.
Château de Fayolle is an enchanting medieval stone Château with views across the Dordogne valley. It is set amongst the vine-covered, gently undulating countryside south-west of Bergerac. The Château sits at the centre of a hundred acre estate and vineyard that produces superb quality wines. Enclosed within its own ancient walls, it is surrounded by vines, meadows and woodland. As well as a heated pool, there is a small lake hidden on the periphery where you might find a few fish. Sleeping 10-12, it is the ideal place for families or a group of friends in search of tranquillity and privacy whilst being in easy reach of all that the Dordogne has to offer, from the vineyards of Bordeaux and St. Emilion and the wealth of stunning châteaux and Bastide towns to the lively markets and ancient cave paintings of this area. The well regarded Les Vigiers golf course is a short drive away. The riverside town of Bergerac with its many restaurants and museums is 20 minutes away as is the international airport.
The Château is available for rent throughout the year.