From Dijon to Santenay, the Burgundy wine-growing area is a land of promise for all wine lovers. 65 km of well-balanced 'terroirs' and age-old expertise have produced 32 Grands Crus of world renown. Because every village, every vineyard plot is unique, it could take a lifetime to explore the great wines of the Côte...
Wine-growing began here in Gallo-Roman times and benefited enormously from land clearing work carried out by the monks. Cistercian monks introduced several grape varieties to Burgundy.
In the 14th century monks completed work on the Clos de Vougeot. They improved cultivation and vinification techniques ... to such an extent that Clos de Vougeot became the wine of choice for Popes!
Partly destroyed during the French Revolution, the vineyards also suffered from oïdium, mildew and Phylloxera in the late 19th century. They were replanted in rows and only the best parcels or 'climats' were retained – today they are candidates for UNESCO World Heritage status.
Impressed by the sheer number of vineyards and wealth of appellations? Just drive along the old route nationale N74, by car, camper van or motorbike or cycle along the Voie des Vignes, from Beaune to Santenay, to explore the lands which so captivated Charlemagne, Henri IV and Napoleon:
The abundant Côte de Nuits produces excellent Marsannay, Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Nuits-St-Georges and Vosne-Romanée.
The Côte de Beaune produces wines with exquisite bouquets, known and appreciated all over the world: Corton, Pommard, Volnay, Saint-Romain, Auxey-Duresses, Meursault, Montrachet, Santenay...
Fancy some first class food with your Burgundy wine? Book a table at La Maison Lameloise in Chagny! In Beaune the Michelin starred Loiseau des vignes restaurant has a superb selection of wines by the glass, starting at 3 €uros. If you prefer a "Relais & châteaux" establishment spend the night at L'hostellerie de Levernois before setting off the explore the Great Wine Côte.
Good places to eat, accommodation, vineyard tours... the "Vignobles et découvertes" quality label was created in 2010 to help you find the best wine tourism destinations. "Colline de Corton", "Colline de Montrachet" and "Dijon Côte de Nuits" have already been awarded the label.
Maps, addresses, opening times, special distinctions... Tourist Information offices in Beaune and Dijon can help you plan the different stages of your tour.
|Salon des antiquaires et de la brocante|
|From 11/05/2013 to 20/05/2013|
|Une spiritualité au féminin|
|From 20/03/2013 to 30/12/2013|
|Saison Musicale des Visites-Concerts avec Musicancy|
|From 01/04/2013 to 03/11/2013|
|Coupes Moto Légende|
|From 01/06/2013 to 02/06/2013|
|Théâtre en mai|
|From 17/05/2013 to 26/05/2013|