There are so many ways to explore the vines: on foot, by bike, by car along the Wine Routes... On an exploration of this winegrowing land, you can not only admire the superb views, but also learn about where the great wines of Burgundy come from. If you're feeling more adventurous, you could even try something a bit more original: an afternoon of geocaching, a trip on an off-road electric scooter, or a flight aboard an ultralight glider! Once thing is certain, you're guaranteed to find an activity that suits you, to explore this famous vineyard.
Routes and itineraries
Throughout the whole area, you can follow the various wine routes and other walking or cycling itineraries across the vineyards.
In Saône-et-Loire, remember to use the Route 71 application to plan your walk, with winemaking, gourmet and also cultural stops along the way.
Fancy hiking to really be at one with nature? Set off along the Route des Grands Crus (Route of the Great Wines) or one of the other trails with so much to discover. Our recommendation to always find the closest walk for you: use the "Balades en Bourgogne" mobile application.
Would you prefer to go on a bike ride? The unmissable Voie des Vignes cycle path from Marsannay-la-Côte to Santenay will take you alongside vineyards and through some famous villages.
You will also enjoy the other long bicycle touring routes that cross through some of the vineyards: Voie Bleue, Greenway, EuroVélo 6.Burgundy and the vineyards by bike
A wine tour, full of encounters and discoveries
For an introduction to winemaking and to really understand the Burgundy vineyards, you will be accompanied by specialists on an exploration of the different appellations and to meet the winegrowers who are always delighted to share their expertise and know-how.
So come and follow these passionate professionals on a tour of Burgundy! Most of them also offer tours with games on the theme of wine.
The vineyard in a different light: unique and atypical activities
Get an aerial view of the vineyard
How about exploring the Burgundy vineyard from a whole other perspective? We can recommend a hot-air balloon ride or a flight aboard an ultralight glider, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience admiring the vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see... A memorable experience guaranteed!Aboard an ultralight glider
Oenocaching, an original and trendy experience
You may have already heard of geocaching? It is the 21st century version of a treasure hunt, using GPS technology to find the "caches" in various places.
In Saône-et-Loire, the Château de Couches proposes this family-friendly activity, walking through the Couches vineyards in search of "codes". A great way to learn about the vineyards before going to a tasting session at the estate!Oenocaching at the Château de Couches
Gourmet break in the midst of the vines
Here's a great idea: While you're spending a day exploring the Burgundy vineyard, why not turn it into an all-round gourmet experience surrounded by the vines! Either bring your own picnic or pick up a picnic hamper from a local restaurant that offers this service, accompanied by wine from the very vine plot you are sitting in.
Mid-September, when the vineyards are full of the colours of autumn, come to the Fantastic Picnic event! To take this experience even further, there are plenty of places in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (some of which are World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO) offering their own version of the picnic. You will of course find some of them in the midst of the vines.
Climb up to the Rock of Solutré
Climbing up to the top of the Rock of Solutré is an experience you are sure not to regret. Especially when there is a tasting session waiting for you at the top, organised by Emmanuel from Enoculture for a climb that combines geology, archaeology and winemakingHike up to the Rock of Solutré on the theme of winemaking
On a Segway, electric bike or scooter
You could also try some more original (and less tiring!) means of transport, to experience something different as you explore the Burgundy vineyards. Here are some examples:
- in the Chablis vineyard, electric bikes and scooters with E-bike Winetours.
- In Cormatin and the surrounding area, the Bourgui Trott', off-road electric scooters with Les Balades d'Estelle.
- In the Côtes de Beaune and the Côtes de Nuits, a Segway tour with Mobilboard.