EYMET is in the southern tip of the Department of the Dordogne. This region is also known as the "Perigord Pourpre" or the Purple Perigord , so named for the wine.
Eymet is in the heart of wine country, within a southern appellation of the Bergerac wine region, and a neighbour of the Cotes de Duras and Bordeaux wine regions. The Village is typical of the bastide of this region. Bastide towns were built in the 13th century by the English and French to encourage settlement for military purposes. These villages are characterized by a central square bordered by arcades, surrounded by a grid of streets and alleys and protected by encircling ramparts. Today, Eymet has only vestiges of the perimeter wall but many of the other elements of the bastide remain.
The town has had a market on Thursday morning since 1385. The central square becomes crammed with stalls selling local produce, wines and other specialties of the area. Today, Eymet is a busy, vibrant town with a number of schools, a post office, a mairie (town hall) and many businesses. There are grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, pharmacies, butchers, bakeries, gift stores, and a couple of churches. Beyond the square, the river Dropt winds its way past the ruins of a castle and a water mill.
Eymet has become very popular with the British; many own second homes in this region, others vacation here regularly and some have settled permanently in the area.
Medieval Fete at the
Chateau in Eymet
The Chateau du Bridoire,
North of Eymet about 18k.
Watercolour by J. Dodd
Eymet - Past and Present