The Côtes de Duras vineyards have been given one of the three Appellations d´Origine Contrôlée in the Lot-et-Garonne region, alongside Buzet and Côtes du Marmandais. The Appellation extends over approximately 2,000 hectares; it occupies the plateaux and the slopes south of the hillsides overlooking the Dropt valley, to the north-east of the territorial department. The Côtes des Duras vineyards were one of the first to be given the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée in 1937, the highest form of recognition for the work carried out by its wine growers.
Today, nearly 210 wine growers carry on the traditions, offering dry white, sweet white, red and rosé wines, all produced from characteristic native soil in which marly or molassic soil soils as well as limestone or clay-limestone hillsides predominate. Under the influence of an oceanic climate, Duras vineyards benefit from hotter, dryer weather than its Bordeaux neighbours, enabling the wines to mature in the best of conditions.
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