Château de Monbazillac
Château de Monbazillac
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Built in 1550, the Château de Monbazillac is waiting for your visit in a calm and peaceful environment. Classified as a Historic Monument, the castle has a unique and original architecture which distinguishes it from its neighbours. In 2022, a new tour is set up with a new museum space dedicated to Monbazillac wines. This immersion in the heart of the world's largest sweet wine vineyard will allow you to discover the secrets and specificities of this golden nectar, through its history, its terroir and its ancestral know-how. The self-guided entertaining visit of the château will plunge you into the heart of key periods of local history, revealing the links between Protestantism and the wine trade and retracing the daily life of a family at the château during the French Revolution. And, as usual, each visit includes a tasting of wines from the Monbazillac Wine Cooperative, which is the owner of the château since 1960.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • louiserobinson14
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful experience.
    We spent over two hours in this beautiful setting. The exhibition on the process of wine making was engaging and made you appreciate the relationship between man and nature. The chateau gave an interesting history of the dramatic wars of religion in France. Stunning views from the gardens across the Dordogne valley and ending with an informative tasting of the wines. Shop offered many choices of wine but no pressure to buy. Definitely recommend and we bought à bottle for Christmas.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Katrina M
    17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views of Bergerac
    This was my second visit to the chateau. I went previously before they closed for renovation. The chateau is beautiful, with beautiful views. The new entrance (where you buy the tickets) is lovely. The lady who sold us our tickets was extremely friendly. The wine tasting was lovely, the lady leading the wine tasting was very knowledgeable. However, I was disappointed that they no longer gave us the wine glass to keep. This used to be a very nice touch. The interior of the chateau is nice but I was disappointed that the wine cellar was turned into a children’s area. The wine cellar prior to the renovation was beautiful. Ending the visit with the art exhibition was a bit disappointing but otherwise we really enjoyed our visit to the chateau.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 15, 2023
  • TonyMCardiff
    Cardiff, United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well designed and informative tour
    For €11 pp you get a well designed self-guided tour that includes a wealth of information (in English as well as French, with plenty of videos as well as written material) about all aspects of Monbazillac wine-making, plus a tasting of one (or two if you’re a couple and you choose to taste different varieties or vintages) wines. There is zero pressure to buy wine. You also have an opportunity to visit the chateau, where there is information about the families who owned it and impressive views across the valley. We enjoyed our visit and thought it was good value.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Helen H
    Haverfordwest, United Kingdom67 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great wine tasting with a fantastic guide. BUT no room for lunch 😞
    Great views, beautiful chateau, excellent wine tasting with the guide. Disappointed that we couldn't have lunch. If you do want to eat, please book beforehand. When you buy the tickets they don't mention the restaurant or whether there is availability. Leaving at 1.30 in France to find somewhere to eat when you have had an appetite inducing sample of the beautiful wine is a disappointing end to what would have been a five star experience. We wanted to spend more money and have food and wine, but had no choice but to take our custom elsewhere.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 12, 2023
  • TheBurgers
    Brookmans Park, United Kingdom695 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place
    Great place to visit. The wine journey experience is fabulous - really easy to understand explanation of how wine is made with an overview of the Bergerac wine region and some great videos which give insight into how the co-operative is run. The Chateau looks amazing, as others have said there isn’t much inside but it’s still well maintained and had some ‘interesting’ art exhibits when we were there. We enjoyed a drink in the sunshine nestled in a deck chair and then a quick wander around the shop and your entrance fee (we only paid 8 euros each as it was heritage open weekend in France) also includes an opportunity taste of one wine - we tried their world renown sweet wine was lovely. A lovely place to visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Holly B
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous chateau visit
    A fantastic visit, informative museum to start, beautiful chateau in a gorgeous setting with lovely views. And then the best lunch on the terrace, delicious food accompanied by the amazing Monbazillac wine... whats not to love! Also love the fact the estate is now owned and run by the local wine cooperative and they do a great job
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • lisasplaces
    Leeds, United Kingdom10,207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best tasting in the area
    Definitely the biggest set up in the area. A beautiful chateau to look around, but we were short of time and were only really interested in tasting the wines Very modern set up, very experienced and knowledgeable lady doing their tastings, for those who want more information Tasted through their Bergerac red, whites and rosés but it was their sweet Monbazillac wines, which really stood out. Lots of back vintages available to pick up in the shop
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 6, 2023
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glivett
Manchester114 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I live 5km from Monbazillac and have been bringing friends and family for 7 years and visiting since the late '90s. Entry to the grounds used to be free, entry to the chateau was €7. The tastings were generous and friendly and one could taste and compare reds, whites and Monbazillacs from different years. Monbazillac also allowed free entry to residents via the B for You scheme which allows people living here free entry for bringing paying guests. We brought many friends over the years who always bought a number of bottles plus other things from the shop.
Over the last few years, a great deal of work has been done on a new visitor centre. I realise that this need to be paid for, but the cost is now €11 per person to enter the grounds. This also includes the chateau which is not really worth the inside visit as it is empty of any of the scene setting furnishings one light expect, with the occasional piece of art work, and no multi lingual explanations (unlike the excellent visitor centre). For only €13.50 you can see nearby Chateau Milandes, an amazing place, home to the late Josephine Baker, beautifully furnished with an incredible historic significance.
Worse, though, is that the €11 entrance fee includes only one wine in the tasting.For €16 you can have a tasting of three wines, one red, one white and one Monbazillac, so there is no point of comparison for each type. So, not really a degustation at all. There are many, many places nearby where you can taste different years of Monbazillac and make an informed choice when you purchase (and the same with local reds and whites).
We usually have between 8 and 10 sets of couples visiting a year, but will no longer be bringing them due to the cost (to us too) and the meanness of the degustation. This will lose the chateau up to €160 a year plus any purchases our visitors might have made post degustation.
I am not the only local to be disappointed and we have no answers for or friends who are baffled that they can only taste one red, one white and one sweet wine.
The staff used to be so helpful and knowledgable about the different sweetnesses etc, but now you are rushed though with just one of each.
Finally, we were told that, as residents, we could get an annual pass for €15 with unlimited entries. This seems a solution of sorts, but, with typical Monbazillac meanness, this pass does not entitle you to a "tasting".
If the managers had a little more faith in their product, allowed a proper tasting and free entry to the grounds (where the little cafe must be suffering as you can't just go for lunch any more without paying to enter the grounds) they would win many more local visitors. As it is, many of us are taking our visitors elsewhere.
Written July 7, 2023
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topdogandco
Willesborough, UK13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We have visited the Chateau many times over the years and it was always free entry to the grounds, one of the highlights of the holiday would be a walk along the Chateau terrace enjoying the views over Bergerac.
Unfortunately you now have to pay 7.80 euro to do this even though a tourist information leaflet says entry to the terrace is free.
In order to stop people gaining access without paying they have put horrible fencing across the entrance and side entrances which make the whole place look like a cross between a person and a construction site.
You can get the same view over Bergerac by walking down the road a bit and follow a footpath into the vineyards. There were several local people doing the same thing and very few people in the Chateau itself.
Written October 15, 2021
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Hello, The Château de Monbazillac is a private historical monument and the entrance price helps us to keep the Château in repair and to pay the numerous employees who take care every day about the garden, the park and the inside of the Château. The parking is free for our visitors and the wine tasting is included into the visit as well. So we think that the price of 7€80 per adult is totally justified. More than 50 000 peuple visit our site every year and we are grateful to them for supporting us. If you are surching for a place just for walking, there are many other public places for it. Best regards, Wine makers of Monbazillac Winery
Written October 18, 2021
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Jess
Stockport, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
We have been visiting the chateau for years, and have been paying customers to the cafe and winery on each visit. You are no longer allowed to wander the grounds - you either have to pay for a tasting or you cannot enter. We saw this change and immediately left. So disappointed.
Written September 1, 2023
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TheBurgers
Brookmans Park, UK695 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit. The wine journey experience is fabulous - really easy to understand explanation of how wine is made with an overview of the Bergerac wine region and some great videos which give insight into how the co-operative is run.

The Chateau looks amazing, as others have said there isn’t much inside but it’s still well maintained and had some ‘interesting’ art exhibits when we were there.

We enjoyed a drink in the sunshine nestled in a deck chair and then a quick wander around the shop and your entrance fee (we only paid 8 euros each as it was heritage open weekend in France) also includes an opportunity taste of one wine - we tried their world renown sweet wine was lovely.

A lovely place to visit.
Written September 19, 2023
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Helen H
Haverfordwest, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Great views, beautiful chateau, excellent wine tasting with the guide.

Disappointed that we couldn't have lunch. If you do want to eat, please book beforehand. When you buy the tickets they don't mention the restaurant or whether there is availability.

Leaving at 1.30 in France to find somewhere to eat when you have had an appetite inducing sample of the beautiful wine is a disappointing end to what would have been a five star experience.

We wanted to spend more money and have food and wine, but had no choice but to take our custom elsewhere.
Written September 12, 2023
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Katrina M
17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This was my second visit to the chateau. I went previously before they closed for renovation. The chateau is beautiful, with beautiful views. The new entrance (where you buy the tickets) is lovely. The lady who sold us our tickets was extremely friendly. The wine tasting was lovely, the lady leading the wine tasting was very knowledgeable. However, I was disappointed that they no longer gave us the wine glass to keep. This used to be a very nice touch. The interior of the chateau is nice but I was disappointed that the wine cellar was turned into a children’s area. The wine cellar prior to the renovation was beautiful. Ending the visit with the art exhibition was a bit disappointing but otherwise we really enjoyed our visit to the chateau.
Written July 15, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TonyMCardiff
Cardiff, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
For €11 pp you get a well designed self-guided tour that includes a wealth of information (in English as well as French, with plenty of videos as well as written material) about all aspects of Monbazillac wine-making, plus a tasting of one (or two if you’re a couple and you choose to taste different varieties or vintages) wines. There is zero pressure to buy wine. You also have an opportunity to visit the chateau, where there is information about the families who owned it and impressive views across the valley. We enjoyed our visit and thought it was good value.
Written August 4, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

lisasplaces
Leeds, UK10,207 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
Definitely the biggest set up in the area. A beautiful chateau to look around, but we were short of time and were only really interested in tasting the wines
Very modern set up, very experienced and knowledgeable lady doing their tastings, for those who want more information
Tasted through their Bergerac red, whites and rosés but it was their sweet Monbazillac wines, which really stood out. Lots of back vintages available to pick up in the shop
Written October 6, 2023
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ManLikeTups
Dorridge, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We had the wine tasting included on the tour, after walking around the Chateau. The sommelier was great. She knew the wines so well, and recommended pairings which were spot on. Our kids sat at a table and had grape juice tasting too. We also went to the restaurant onsite which was next level. I had the duck breast which was cooked perfectly. We all had ice creams from the restaurant while walking around. Brilliant day out.
Written October 27, 2022
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louiserobinson14
Milton Keynes, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
We spent over two hours in this beautiful setting. The exhibition on the process of wine making was engaging and made you appreciate the relationship between man and nature.
The chateau gave an interesting history of the dramatic wars of religion in France.
Stunning views from the gardens across the Dordogne valley and ending with an informative tasting of the wines. Shop offered many choices of wine but no pressure to buy. Definitely recommend and we bought à bottle for Christmas.
Written July 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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