Local Interest and Recreational Facilities
If you can tear yourself away from the delights of La Tabardy or Madame Cholet’s there is plenty of interest and entertainment within easy reach of the houses. The towns of Bergerac and Sainte Foy la Grande have been centres of the wine trade on the river Dordogne since medieval times. Both are about 15 kilometres from the vineyard. Within a 25 kilometres radius of Gageac there are many more chateaux and bastides (fortified towns) than one can explore in one holiday.
Longer day trips can be taken to the upper reaches of the Dordogne and its famous old towns of Domme, Sarlat and Rocamadour or south to Cahors and the valley of the Lot. The world of smart shopping, galleries and opera is an hour’s drive away in Bordeaux, as are the golden beaches and famous oyster beds of Arcachon.
The trip to the supermarket for provisions is not a big excursion: the massive Leclerc supermarket and commercial centre is on the nearside outskirts of Bergerac. For local produce, there are markets in different towns on every day of the week. Many outdoor recreations are catered for locally.
There is a golf course of international repute just 8 kilometres away at Chateau de Vigiers and there are several smaller courses in the district. Other sports facilities include riding, canoeing on the Dordogne or the Veziers and tennis at Saussignac.
The beautiful ancient wine town of Saint Emilion is half an hour's drive away.
A go-kart track on the near outskirts of Bergerac is a popular attraction for children of all ages.
Last but not least, there are the vineyards. Most vineyards welcome visitors to tastings on their premises. And, of course, guests at La Tabardy or Madame Cholet’s will be given a tasting at Clos d’Yvigne.