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Département in the southwest of France with the capital Périgueux in the east of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is named after the river of the same name (the Celtic name means "swift water"), which crosses the southern part of the département from east to west. It borders the Gironde department to the southwest, with which it is part of the Bordeaux wine-growing region. It is also part of the IGP area Atlantique. The 483 kilometre long river is formed in the Massif Central from the confluence of the Dore and Dogne rivers. The Dordogne flows through the Bergerac area, and on its way to the northwest, the AOC areas Castillon - Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg, Pomerol and Saint-Émilion are located on the right bank.

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