Travel Guide to Burgundy Wine Region

In Burgundy, wine, before everything, is an art de vivre!

We made the list of wine tastings & tours in Burgundy to help you to find the best wine experience for you and your travel companion!


Visit Burgundy wine region is a great experience for wine lovers. Meeting passionate winegrowers and awaken your taste buds with these fabulous wines will be unforgettable experiences.

Learn more about Burgundy wine region. This guide will take you through:

Wines and vineyards of Burgundy

Where can you taste Burgundy wines?

Places you can visit to explore the cultural heritage

What you can eat in Burgundy

Vineyards in Vergisson, Burgundy, France

The Internationally renowned Burgundy vineyard extends from Dijon to Mâcon, in France. It owns prestigious appellations like Romanée-Conti, Aloxe-Corton, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Gevrey-Chambertin, Pommard, Meursault, and many others. The wines are known to be ones of the most aromatic and of high quality in the world.

Learn about Burgundy Wines and Vineyards

Around 60% of the production concerns white wines, from the grape varieties Chardonnay and Aligoté. 30% of red wines produce from Pinot Noir and Gamay and around 10% represents the sparkling wine Crémant de Bourgogne.

Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are concidered to be predominant grape varieties of Burgundy wine region.

In fact, this grape variety gives the legendary unique wines from the prestigious appellations:

  • Chambertin
  • Clos-de-Vougeot
  • Clos-des-Lambrays
  • Musigny
  • Romanée-Conti
  • Fixin
  • Nuits-Saint-Georges.

These incredible wines produce from vines planted on limestone-clay and stony soils, extend on 3.160 hectares.

Uniquely named as the Champs-Elysées of the Burgundy wine region, this vineyard owns an exceptional terroir.

Vineyards of Burgundy Wine Region

The Burgundy wine region gathered legendary vineyards. All of these are made up of Climats. Each Climat corresponds to a delimited plot of vines which owns its specific terroir, history and climatic conditions.

Winegrowers in Burgundy give significant meaning to their terroir. It is known that monks, who started wine production in middle ages, have divided and established boundaries of different terroirs that still exist today under the names of Grand Crus.

Division of the land happened after careful evaluation of the influences each and every piece of land has on the wine it produces. Consequently, Burgundy is made up of several distinct sub-regions.

Discover sub-regions and special vineyards of Burgundy wine region!

Terroir

“combination of factors including soil, climate, and sunlight that gives grapes their distinctive character. and even more, the word also explains a human touch.”

Learn more about Burgundy wines in this article!

Chablis Sub-Region

Starting from the North, close to Auxerre. The Chablis vineyard is known for its great dry white wines with mineral aromas coming from the limestone-clay soil.

Due to their terroir, Chablis wines are drier and fresher than the other Burgundy wines.

  • Territory: 5000 ha
  • Main grape variety: Chardonnay
  • Four AOC: Chablis Grand-Cru, Chablis Premiers-Cru, Chablis and Petit-Chablis.

Côte de Beaune – A Diamond of White Wines
Vineyards in Gevrey chambertin burgundy France
Vineyards in Côte-d’Or, Burgundy

Côte de Beaune produces sensational white wines and soft red wines. The finesses and aromatic complexity of these wines mainly come from marly limestone soils. Moreover, two appellations produce only red wines, which are Volnay and Pommard.

The main grape varieties for this region:

  • Chardonnay for white wines
  • Pinot Noir for red wines

Concerning the appellations, the most admirable are Corton-Charlemagne, Montrachet, Meursault and Côte-de-Beaune-Villages for white wines. Corton for red wines.

In the South of Dijon, wine-growers from the Côte de Nuits vineyard produce mainly red wines from Pinot Noir. Côte de Nuits together with Côte de Beaune is called Côte d’Or.

Côte Chalonnaise Sub-Region

The vineyard extends from Bouzeron to Sercy on 4.000 hectares. Wines of this territory keep their own character through the limestone-clay soils. Certainly, this type of soil is the best for growing Pinot Noir grape variety. Also for Chardonnay, Aligoté and Gamay, which are the main grape varieties of this region.

Five excellent appellations, producing white or red wines, composed the Côte Chalonnaise vineyard: 

Mâconnais

The Mâconnais is the most southerly sub-region from Burgundy. It stretches on 50 kilometres between Sennecey-le-Grand and Saint-Véran to Beaujolais boundary. Renowned for its white wines mainly produced with Chardonnay.

The Mâconnais also produces some red wines from Pinot Noir and Gamay. Among the prestigious appellations of Burgundy, five are in the Mâconnais: Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Vinzelles, Pouilly-Loché, Saint-Véran and Viré-Clessé.

The best way to explore diversity of soils and climate of Each Climat is to visit wineries of Burgundy wine region.

Where Can You Taste Burgundy Wines?

We made a list of wineries in Burgundy with an open door for you to help in planning your trip to the Burgundy wine region!

Have a look at some of them bellow:

Château de Pierreclos - wine tasting in front of the winery

Château de Pierreclos

Château de Pierreclos is a private historic monument. It locates in southern Burgundy, in the heart of vineyards.

Visit and learn more about the history of the estate, where you will be able to taste great and exceptional wines of Château Pierreclos!

The vineyards with a church in the background at Domaine Celine et Frederic Gueguen

Domaine Céline Et Frédéric Gueguen

Domaine Céline Et Frédéric Gueguen is a young winery, where they practise sustainable agriculture in order to maintain richness and diversity of the terroir.

Book your wine experience and listen to their story together with a wide selection of wines!


Cultural Heritage of Burgundy Wine Region

Burgundy took its name in the Carolingian era. Since this period, Dijon has been the capital of Burgundy Dukes. Thanks to its history, culture, green tourism and its gastronomy, the region gained attractiveness in tourism.

Discover Burgundy through its cities, lovely towns and UNESCO heritage sites!

Dijon, in the heart of the Burgundy wine region
The City Center of Dijon

We recommend:

  • Visit some amazing monuments like the place Alésia where you will learn more about Vercingétorix and Jules César’s fighting;
  • Spend time in the abbeys or discover La Roche de Solutré;
  • Taste gastronomic specialities of Burgundy wine region in Dijon;
  • Explore The Climats – terroirs of Burgundy listed in UNESCO World Heritage list.

Dijon – The Old Capital of Burgundy Dukes

Inheritor of a rich historical and architectural heritage. Dijon also gains attraction through the gastronomic reputation of the Burgundy region.

The city is famous for its mustard, blackcurrant liqueur, Lanvin chocolate and so on. Between museums, architecture and parks share a cultural and relaxing moment with your family.

Being at the beginning of the “Route des Grands Crus”. Dijon will bring you to the road which goes to Beaune and gathers the legendary appellations in the World.

Courtyard of Hospices de Beaune
Courtyard of Hospices de Beaune

The Burgundy wine region has some lovely towns marked by their history.

Auxerre – Charming Medieval Town

Situated in the North-West of the Burgundy region, Auxerre is a cultural and touristic place in the heart of Burgundy.

This city has a charming Medieval and Renaissance historical heritage. Renowned for its huge number of monuments, Auxerre also owns a beautiful vineyard close to the nice appellation Chablis.

Places to discover in Auxerre:

  • Old town
  • Saint-Pierre Church
  • Saint-Germain d’Auxerre Abbey
  • Saint-Etienne Cathedral and the Clock Tower

Beaune – Burgundy’s Wine Capital

Beaune is charming fortified city, located in the South of Dijon and North of Lyon. The city has inherited a lovely historical and architectural heritage.

  • Visit the internationally renowned Beaune Hospices;
  • The beautiful Notre-Dame de Beaune Basilica;
  • The museum of Burgundy Wine, where you can discover the vine and wine’s history;
  • “Climats” of Burgundy vineyard listed to the UNESCO World Heritage.

You can also take the road to the Beaune vineyards and visit the Château Corton-André dating from the 19th century and owning an incredible traditional roof of glazed Burgundy tiles. End your tour in the Château Meursault, dating from the 11th century.

Mâcon

In the South of the Burgundy region, the urban and architectural richness of shows an history full of encounters.

Macon, Burgundy, France
  • Discover the Saint-Vincent de Mâcon Cathedral. Built-in the 19th century in a neoclassical style to replace a Gothic church destroyed during the French Revolution.
  • Continue to the Saint-Pierre de Mâcon church, which is built in the 19th century in a Romanesque style.
  • Conclude your visit by walking in the city and on the Saint-Laurent bridge, constructed in the 11th century.

On the road from the North to the South of the Burgundy region. You will find numerous lovely villages from Medieval heritage to the Renaissance. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes of this fascinating region.


What Grows Together Goes Together!

Pair your glass of Burgundy wine with local cuisine

France is a beautiful country which gathers a huge number of culinary specialities. In the Burgundy area, discover some of these specialities specific to this fascinating region.

Burgundian cuisine offers a big diversity of local specialities that are representing typical products and matching perfectly with its wines.

The Dijon’s Gingerbread 

From Burgundian people, gingerbread reminds their childhood and a lot of memories. Different recipes exist for gingerbread, it includes flour, honey and spices. According to the recipe, it is possible to add butter, milk or eggs. Sometimes dried or candied fruit, chocolate and so on.

To enjoy gingerbread, pair it with foie gras, goat’s cheese, chicken, trout and also fig or rhubarb!

Boeuf Bourguignon

Originally from Burgundy, the Boeuf Bourguignon keeps its name from the two specialities which composed it. Beef and red Burgundian wine.

The Burgundy region is traditionally known for its bovine farming especially for Charolais, breed of cow. This emblematic dish is composed of beef cuts with carrots, potatoes, pasta, green beans, onions, mushrooms or bacon strip.

The Snails of Burgundy – Another Traditional Dish from Burgundy

Usually served during a family meal or during Christmas and New Year.

The snails’ consumption dates back the origin of the Humankind. The snails of Burgundy are species Helix Pomatia from the Burgundy terroir.

After boiling the snails, prepare the dish with garlic butter and sprinkle parsley.

Then, cook in the oven and serve in the shells.

Wine Pair: Savour the snails of Burgundy pairing with the prestigious white wines from the Burgundy wine region. Meursault, Corton-Charlemagne, Chassagne-Montrachet and so on.

Oeuf Meurette i.e. The poached egg in red wine sauce

Oeuf Meurette comprises poached eggs served with garlic bread toast and the red wine sauce meurette. The sauce is made up of red wine, bacon strip, onions and shallots sauté in butter.

This recipe comes from the Boeuf Bourguignon. Usually served for lunch, the sauce leftover was used for the poached eggs. That is how was created this traditional recipe.

Wine Pair: Serve this dish pairing with an expressive red wine from Burgundy.


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Region Highlights

Surface: 29000
Wineries: 4217
Soil: Limestone-clay soils
Climate: Oceanic with semi-continental tendency

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