The name Dordogne has evolved from the Celtic words Du unna meaning fast water. During the Roman Empire, the river was known as the Duranius, which gradually during the Middle Ages evolved to Duranna, Durunia, Durdunia, Dordoigne and finally Dordogne.
The river, whose source is in the Auvergne at the Puy de Sancy (1 886m/6 186ft), crosses five departments (Puy de Dôme, Corrèze, Lot, Dordogne and Gironde) before joining the Garonne to form the Gironde estuary. The river bed consists of pebbles and sand.
Mankind has existed on the banks of the river since ancient times. Remains from the Celtic period (3C BC) have been found in the middle section of the valley, while amphorae once used for wine have been uncovered in the region of Bergerac; these amphorae date from the 1C-2C BC and bear witness to a wine trade with Ancient Rome before vines were planted along the banks of the river.
The main vineyards along the river valley are:
VIN DE DOMME
The main tributaries which feed into the river along its 475km/296-mile course are the Cère, Maronne, Vézère and Isle.
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