Discovering reknowned regional crus. In Burgundy, wine and scenery are inseparable. Growing grapes has shaped the land and the pace of life with the seasons. Discover the famous regional crus by browsing through the villages, or through tastings and events around the "divine bottle"....
Tours and walks in the vineyards
Burgundy is dotted with wineries. From north to south, the vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see and produce some of the best French wines.
During your journey, make a stopover in a wine village. Irancy andCoulanges-la-Vineuse are pretty charming towns to explore on foot. Further south, in Saône-et-Loire, in the heart of the Mâconnais vineyards and at the foot of the Rock of Solutré, stretch the charming villages of the Lamartinien Valley.
Touring holiday enthusiasts can take a journey of discovery of the region's best wines. If you follow the Route des Grands Crus, take a break in the Dijon Côte de Nuits vineyard, in the middle of a beautiful hilly landscape. As for theCrus and Great Wines Circuit it takes you through the five terroirs of the Pouilly-Fuissé as well as the lands of the Mâconnais-Beaujolais, where you must visit Hameau Duboeuf, an œno-park dedicated to the discovery of wine. Other discovery routes, either: the Route of Crémant in northern Côte d'Or, around Châtillon-sur-Seine, and the Route of Great Wines, in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise vineyards.
Those who are more adventurous can choose the option of a flyover in a micro light or helicopter of the hills of Montrachet and Corton*. Thrills guaranteed with an exceptional view as a bonus!
On the hillsides of Pouilly-sur-Loire, you can also take advantage of sports activities to discover the nature side of Burgundy: horse riding, golfing or kayaking on the Loire.
Cycling enthusiast, hop on your bike and take the Route of Vines, in the Côte de Beaune, which runs from Beaune to Santenay.
Stop overnight in one of the logis Bacchus to extend your oenological discovery, unless you are coming with your RV. You can also stay in a B&B in the heart of the vineyards.
Gastronomy and oenology school
Walks open up your appetite and invite sensory pleasures. The vines may provide a beautiful setting, but they also produce an excellent wine that can be enjoyed throughout the region.
In the north, taste, in particular, the fruity Chablis and make a delicious stop at one of the gastronomic restaurants in the area. Nestled in the vineyards of the Yonne, La Côte Saint-Jacques à Joigny, La Cuisine au vin à Chablis or L'Espérance in Saint-Père-sous-Vézelay welcomes you for a culinary break.
In Dijon, there are tastings in wine bars or restaurants, with menus composed of a wide variety of wines from Burgundy. Along the N74, near Clos de Vougeot, take part in a tasting in a place that's out of the ordinary: thechâteau de Gilly. Indeed, this is the former home of Cistercian monks, whose cellars are now open for you to enjoy some Grands crus. In Beaune, there are wines to be discovered, in addition to in the various shops in the centre, underground, in the many cellars hidden beneath the cobbled streets of the city.
In the Mâconnais, mix delicacies and great wines. Make, for example, a stop in Viré for a picnic outing in the vineyards, organised by Le Relais de Montmartre.
And how about taking advantage of your stay to introduce yourself to the wine trades? After a dinner at Olivier Leflaive and a peaceful night in one of its guest rooms, take the winegrower or wine merchant workshop... There, the secrets of wine making and oenology will be revealed to you!
"Taste the fruity Chablis and make a delicious stop at one of the gastronomic restaurants..."
Celebrations around wine
Throughout the year, Burgundy moves to the rhythm of numerous wine festivals and events.
A historic and iconic event in Burgundy in the autumn, the wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune has taken place for over 150 years in the month of November. This great charity event offers Grands crus and Premiers crus up for auction, while offering street performances and tastings to visitors.
Those who are sportier and passing through the region in March can participate in the Cotes de Nuits half-marathon. During the race, their supporters revel in local specialities paired with wines.
In summer, the Festival of the Grands crus of Burgundy animates the region by three months of concerts, hikes, tastings and introductions to oenology...
For a winter holiday in January, the feast of St Vincent Tournante honours the patron saint of winegrowers. For a weekend, tastings and traditional ceremonies take place in each of the terroirs that make up the region.