Renowned all over the world, the wines of Burgundy contribute at least as much as Bordeaux and Champagne to the fame that France enjoys in matters viticultural. The area of vine cultivation begins in the Yonne department, barely two hours from Paris. It is an unspoilt region of traditions, charm and secret corners, where the past still plays an important role in the present. And you will enjoy sampling some truly great wines, both red and white.
The vineyards of Burgundy start in the Auxerrois – the area which includes notably the Chablis district – continues southwards from Dijon as far as Mâcon, after which Beaujolais takes over.
Geographically very drawn out and with its long-established traditions in vine cultivation, the region produces a wide range of wines, from ordinary wine for everyday drinking to some of the most famous wines in the world. Burgundy is home to some of the very greatest wines to emerge from the vineyards of France: you will never forget the red wine of Romanée-Conti, not to mention the famous white from Corton-Charlemagne.
A Brief History of Burgundy
A very old-established area of vine cultivation, in which religious orders once played a major role.
Common Characteristics of Burgundy Wine
The variety of different soils and the multitude of different situations (the word used is ‘climats’) account for the diversity of red and white wines produced in Burgundy.
Insider Tip for Visiting Burgundy
The Burgundy vineyards are very extensive and of a rich diversity. You could very well plan on making several short visits, each one taking in a particular region and a separate aspect of vine cultivation and wine production.