The region of Bourgogne, known as Burgundy in English, is a place of rich history, charming villages, and tasty French culinary delicacies. But most of all, Burgundy is appreciated by wine lovers around the world for the fine wines its vineyards produce.
This French region of wine production is relatively small compared to others around the country, stretching along a corridor in central-eastern France between the cities of Dijon and Mâcon, as well as around the city of Auxerre. The Sâone and Yonne Rivers, their tributaries, and many canals provide the water that the rich soil needs to grow excellent grapes. Centuries of tradition have perfected the cultivation and winemaking that follows.
While the small cities and picturesque villages that dot Burgundy’s countryside are enough to warrant a visit, the real draws to this region are wine tastings and tours. Even if you’re not a “wine person”, the history, heritage, and art behind its production are fascinating, and it’s fun to try real Burgundy wines right where they were made.
If you’re planning a Burgundy wine trip, we’re jealous. Be sure to make the most out of your trip by choosing at least one, if not several, wine tours in Burgundy. Take a look at our favorites below – happy wine tasting!
What to Know About the Burgundy Wine Region
Before embarking on a Burgundy wine tour, you might want to learn the basics of its history and qualities – although the passionate winemakers and cellar guides will surely teach you far more than we know! But a bit of background can help guide you to the right tour or tasting, too.
The region that is now Burgundy was once a vast sea, millions of years ago, until time changed the earth’s surface, leaving rich minerals and limestone rock among its soil from the decomposed and compressed carcasses of millions of prehistoric sea creatures. That’s what sets the region apart for its grape-growing capabilities. The Romans brought the plants over around the 1st Century, and the area’s quality products kept the Dukes and aristocrats very pleased.
Both red and white wine is produced here. The two prized varieties from Burgundy are Pinot Noir for reds and Chardonnay for whites, along with some smaller-scale production of Gamay and Sauvignon Blanc, for example. A special sparkling wine called Crémant de Bourgogne is also an important icon. There are four (or five) sub-regions that you’ll…
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