Known for producing one of the best-known dessert wines in the world, this is just one reason to visit Monbazillac in the Dordogne region of south west France. The small village itself is peaceful, with a couple of shops including a café bistro, and a lovely market every Tuesday. In an area that’s celebrated for its excellent restaurants, it’s no surprise that The Tour Des Vents restaurant is here – fine dining at its finest. The surrounding district is carpeted with vines stretching all the way down to the Dordogne River – quite a spectacle. The main grapes are muscadelle, sémillon and sauvignon blanc, which are harvested by hand. Most of these are found near the 16th century Chateau de Monbazillac – an architectural masterpiece you can visit. With its large round turrets and conical roofs, it looks like a fairy-tale castle. Also in the area is a first-class golf course, plenty of opportunities to canoe and kayak, and of course the lovely village of Bergerac for a memorable day trip.