Looking for something more original than postcards as a souvenir? Markets, 'De Vignes en Caves' personal wine cellar tours, 'Bienvenue à la ferme' producers, 'Vive la Bourgogne' gourmet tours ... In town or country you are bound to find the local products you want. And tasting sessions mean that you can sample them too!
Near Auxerre, at Chemilly-sur-Yonne is a salmon smokehouse called Au Borvo. Visitors can have a discovery-tour featuring tasting-sessions and exhibitions.
To the south-east, the Caves de Bailly at Saint-Bris-le-Vineux are underground, in the centre of an old limestone quarry. The tour ends with a regional wine tasting session.
A few kilometres to the east, don't miss the truffle market at Noyers-sur-Serein, capital of the Burgundy Truffle ... The market takes place on the last Sunday in October and November on the Place de l'Hôtel de ville!
Not far from Alésia is a place famous for its aniseed drops. You can visit the factory at Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, housed in the old abbey. The little round sweets, the size of a pea, are made from syrup, aniseed and natural flavouring. They are the subject of many legends involving Blanche de Castille, Ursuline nuns, Benedictine monks...
To the south-east, in Dijon, start with shops selling Mulot Petitjean gingerbread: the old-fashioned store near the Parvis Saint-Jean and the modern one in Bourgogne Street. Then it's time for the Boutique Maille, selling a range of traditional and flavoured mustard, vinegar, oil, spreads, glazed earthenware, hampers and gourmet accessories. Nearby is the perfect place for cheese lovers: the Fromagerie Gaugry at Brochon. The owners share their expertise, experience and passionate interest in cheese as well as selling a wide range, including Epoisses, Ami du chambertin ... Enjoy!
A few kilometres to the south is Nuits-Saint-Georges, home to the famous Védrenne crèmes and liqueurs. Don't miss the Cassissium: 1,000 sq. m. devoted to the secrets of the blackcurrant – history, cultivation, processing and its many uses in Burgundy and all over the world.
At Beaune sit back and enjoy the very chic atmosphere of La Maison du Colombier, while learning how a wine shop is transformed into a wine bar. Foodies will want to take part in the introductory tour of the Moutarderie Fallot, during which you learn about the different stages involved in making mustard. You can even have a go yourself!
Time for some bubbly? At Montagny-les-Beaune stop off at Veuve Ambal. Your guide will explain the secrets of sparkling wine, followed by a personal tasting session of 3 different Crémants de Bourgogne.
" Walk around the fragrant aisles of the Noyers-sur-Serein truffle market"
At Pouilly-sur-Loire, along the A77 road, you can take a special themed tour of the cellars followed by a commented tasting. A great idea for the summer!
If you like your produce to be extra fresh then try a Pick Your Own farm in the Nivernais: apples, fromage frais, honey, even beef at the farm shop. Did you know that a “Produit du Parc Naturel Régional du Morvan” label has existed since 1991, guaranteeing the product's quality and the producer's expertise?
At Chalon-sur-Saône there's a traditional market on Friday and Sunday mornings. It's held on the Place Saint-Vincent and is the perfect place to find produce from the nearby Bresse region.
Take the D971 road as far as Louhans with its famous poultry market. Every Monday morning the arcaded streets of this little capital of the Bresse Bourguignonne are filled with stalls for this market which has “Site remarquable du goût" status.
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