When is the best time to visit the Dordogne?

From late September to late April, Périgord (known to most of us as the Dordogne) is a different place to the one seen by visitors during the summer.  The days may be shorter and from December through February the weather can be cold and damp, but with the morning mist sitting over the Dordogne River and the low sun reflecting on the yellow stone buildings, the Dordogne, is as stunning as ever out of season.  


We've captured just some of the reasons that we think this place is special out of season.

Black Truffle season

Perigord black truffle season runs from December through to the end of February.


As the doors to the truffle market open you are met with the rich earthy aroma of truffles.  Each farmer displays their truffles on white tablecloths in categories depending on their size and quality. And as guests of the tourist office, Duck & Truffle are among the first to admire and purchase these Périgord Black Diamonds.


Join us on a Black truffle and wine weekend

Black Perigord Truffles

Land of 1,001 Chateaux

The opportunity to explore this ‘land of 1,001 châteaux’ with its beautifully preserved rural landscape and meander through stunning Bastide towns like Monpazier and visit the beautiful villages of Trémolat and Limeuil, is worth wrapping up warm for. 


Join Duck & Truffle on a 'Gourmet Pleasures & Historic Treasures' weekend

Chateaux Baynac

Bergerac wine

The Dordogne is known to millions of visitors for its history, natural beauty and gastronomy, but did you know that the Bergerac region is also home to over 12,000 hectares of vines, 13 AOC and more than 900 wine-growers? 


Sometimes overshadowed by their world famous neighbours in Bordeaux, Bergerac vineyards offer great value wines of a similar quality.


Throughout the year, Duck & Truffle organise wine tours; home wine tastings and wine weekends accompanied throughout by Max, a multi-lingual professional sommelier.

Bergerac vineyards


Périgord (known to most of us as the Dordogne) is regarded as having some of the best cuisine in the country (not bad considering the country is famed for its culinary expertise). It’s the home of Foie Gras, Black Truffles and Duck, and the rich soil provides a number of walnut tree plantations producing delicious oil. 


Out of high season, this region enjoys many food celebrations – Périgord Black Truffle markets from December through February; Walnut fairs in February and the Sarlat Goose fair in March, plus many more.


Duck & Truffle takes you on a food and wine guided tour of the Dordogne, with added historical interest and accompanied throughout by Max, our multi-lingual professional sommelier.

Beef filet with foie gras and truffle shavings
Beef filet with foie gras and truffle shavings

The season colours

The autumnal colours are stunning as vine leaves appear to ripen and the dense oak forests, after which the Perigord Noir is named, reflect their fiery red and yellow foliage in the autumn sun.  And in the spring, a sunny week in March with the blossom coming through on the trees is simply magnificent. 


Join Duck & Truffle on an out of season gourmet weekend in the Dordogne from October through April.

Monbazillac vineyards

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Connie Leslie (Wednesday, 23 November 2016 15:37)

    I've been looking at your website and am wondering if there is a particular time that I could combine 2 weekends back to back and enjoy a significant variety between the two weekends. My plan would be to hold up in a small centrally located hotel for the 4 days in between simply enjoying walking and of course less eating and drinking!

  • #2

    Duck & Truffle (Monday, 28 November 2016 13:49)

    Hi Connie, many thanks for your comment. We sent all the information via email. Further questions, please email kate@duckandtruffle.com

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