The village names in Burgundy read like an upmarket wine merchant’s list, with Beaune, Chablis, Macon and Meursault to name but a few. So it goes without saying that wine lovers will have nothing to whine about. But fine wine alone does not a belly fill. Luckily you will find a cuisine that is as hearty and robust as any in France. It should come as no surprise that wine features a lot in the cooking, and in many more dishes than the ubiquitous Boeuf Bourguignon.
From its location in central France, Burgundy is in the middle of the action. It has history galore for those seeking that very special French atmosphere, yet up-to-date entertainment for those active souls, always on the move. There’s plenty to do, plenty to see and, above all, it’s nirvana for wine lovers. So whether you’ll be drinking in its great outdoors, or having a quiet drink with her indoors, you’ll enjoy every Burgundy moment.
Immerse yourself in the glorious countryside (or in the lakes and rivers). Stroll or cycle the many routes that wind their way through a host of venerable towns and cities. Stop to wonder at ancient architectural icons like the 12th century Abbaye de Fontenay, the oldest Cistercian Abbey in France. Then lighten up with some serious playtime – fishing, golfing, watersports and cycling. But above all investigate the vineyards and their intoxicating products. You know you want to.
Burgundy as a colour is a rich, deep red that exudes power and authority, passion and taste. Burgundy itself lives up to that description. Once Europe’s powerful and wealthiest region, today there’s still passion and taste within its borders, fuelled by those wonderful wines. In fact, many of our customers based in the Loire, Dordogne, Jura or Champagne regions make a pilgrimage to Burgundy to enjoy its many famous vintages.
Burgundy’s superb wines are legend. Its vineyards stretch as far as the eye can see (if only your wallet did the same) and are home to many grape varieties that produce crisp white Chablis, great reds and the sublime Pouilly-Fumé. There’s tours to tackle and palates to tickle. From famed wines of the region to exquisite produce from the smaller vineyards that are dotted across the countryside.
Right at the heart of the Burgundy countryside, this charming town was once the residence of the Dukes of Burgundy. Beaune still displays a regal splendour that makes it one of the most striking places in the region. Visit the 15th Century hospital with its amazing facades and spend a while in the Burgundy Wine Museum.
Its mustard. Just as famous as the wines of Burgundy, Dijon is renowned for its culinary specialities, most famous of which is mustard. This university town is elegant and imposing and decorated with monuments celebrating glorious events in Dijon’s history. Step up and see Philip the Good’s Tower (316 steps).
This area of outstanding natural beauty provides a great opportunity to explore the wonderful landscape of the region. Popular with hikers and nature-lovers who will discover the forested uplands, lakes and picturesque towns, with lovely brasseries serving local wines, which may mean the exploring finishes at lunchtime.
The vineyards of Burgundy give the region its fame, but its real soul lies in its monasteries, especially the Basilica of Saint-Madelaine, combining Romanesque and Gothic architecture, and dominating the skyline for miles around.