The Voie des Vignes, a must-do for cycling fans!
This cycling itinerary between Dijon and Santenay passes via Beaune, the Burgundy wine capital, crossing villages and prestigious appellation areas along the way, as well as an outstanding vineyard recognised by UNESCO, if you please!
This is the perfect itinerary to combine wine touring, heritage gems and slow tourism!
The ideal cycling route for a 2-day or 3-day trip, breaks included
The route starts in Dijon, but it's only after 8 km that the Wine Route really begins, at Marsannay-la-Côte. From here on, you enjoy total peace of mind as you pedal along quiet lanes and vineyard tracks.
The itinerary can be covered in 3 stages, each of about 20 km and taking 1½ to 2 hours.
Stage 1 of the Voie des Vignes cycle route:
Dijon - Nuit-Saint-Georges
First of all, you must visit Dijon! You'll love the city's historic centre, its private mansions and the Palace of the Dukes (... of Burgundy), now a famous fine-arts museum.
Here, there's no shortage of places to stop for a gourmet break, (mustard, ginger bread...) but to get the full picture and really immerse yourself in the local gastronomy, head for the new food & wine centre, the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin!
After cycling just a short distance, you'll find yourself in a completely different landscape, where the streets have yielded to small winegrowing villages and vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see.
Along the way, you cannot help but notice the enormous silhouette of the Château du Clos Vougeot. It was built by the Citeaux monks, who were expert winemakers. They recognised this terroir as having a beautiful complexity conducive to the production of divine beverages...
A UNESCO-listed wine terroir!
In Burgundy, when you talk about a "Climat", you don't lift your eyes to the sky, you lower them to the ground.
What do you mean, "Climats"? Nothing to do with the weather! "Climats" is the name given to the small parcels that make up part of the Burgundy vineyard. There are over a thousand of them, all within a 60-km strip of land that's just 3 km wide! In 2015, the Climats of the Burgundy vineyard were added to the UNESCO world heritage list.
Stage 2 of the Voie des Vignes cycle route
Nuit-Saint-Georges - Beaune
So here you are cycling through an ocean of prestigious vineyards that have been nurtured by expertise going back for centuries. Each of the Climats has its own specific features and each produces a different, unique wine. A bottle from one vineyard can be worth up to a hundred times more than another from vines growing just a few metres away! Visit the wine shops and estates for some fabulous wine-tasting experiences!
Don't be fooled by appearances! We don't just grow grapes here. Along your way, stop off at the Cassissium in Nuit-Saint-Georges to learn all about another star product of Burgundy, blackcurrants, which you can enjoy in syrups, liqueurs and many more delicious products!
Stage 3 of the Voie des Vignes cycle route:
Beaune - Santenay
You'll begin in style at Beaune, the Capital of Burgundy wines. Leave your bike and visit the Hospices, famous for their colourful roofs of glazed tiles, among other features.
This itinerary on narrow lanes and vineyard tracks takes you through some picturesque villages, like Pommard, Meursault and Santenay with its iconic mill set amid the vines.
Restaurants and hotels along the Voie des Vignes cycle route
Accueil Vélo, the bike-friendly quality label for cycle tourists
Cyclists and cycle tourists have their own specific needs, such as a safe place to leave their bike, perhaps a repair kit, and proximity to the cycle paths.
The national 'Accueil Vélo' brand, which guarantees services and facilities suitable for this clientele, concerns tourism establishments of all types, including the hotels and restaurants displayed on the map.
You can be sure of enjoying bike-friendly hospitality at these Accueil Vélo establishments located along the Voie des Vignes cycling route!
Wine tours by bike, with tasting sessions, friendly encounters and a chance to learn from the winegrowers
What better way to understand the UNESCO-listed terroir and landscapes than by chatting with a local guide? Several agencies organise guided excursions.
On the programme: cycling tour with a chance to meet the winegrowers who create these great vintages.
Out in the vineyard or in the privacy of their wine cellar, they'll tell you all about their unconditional love for their region.
Prepare your trip properly
Essential things to know before and during your trip.
Look out for this small sign to get the very best wine touring experience!
This quality label can guide you to hundreds of wine tourism partners, not just the inevitable wine cellars, but also accommodation providers, restaurants, heritage sites and much more.
The Vignobles & Découvertes seal of approval guarantees high standards and truly informative experiences.
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