Bourgogne is one of the top wine regions in France, known the world-over for its first-class wines and unique climats. Most Burgundy wineries are known as domaines (domains), they date back a few centuries, although some modern cellars and wine estates have been built in more recent times too.
Bourgogne is home to exactly 100 AOCS (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée: "Controlled Designation of Origin"), which are found throughout its six sub-regions: some of the most famous domains and the best wineries in Burgundy are located in the area known as Côte d’Or (“Golden Slope”), which encompasses Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. If you go down the wine route that covers the area, you are bound to see signs indicating the vineyards of quintessential Burgundy wineries and appellations, like Aloxe Corton, Vosne Romanée, Vougeot or Gevrey Chambertin (Côte de Nuits) and Beaune, Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet and others in Côte de Beaune.
Some of the domains in Burgundy are hundreds of years old: Clos de Vougeot, for example, was built by the Cistercian monks in the twelfth century, and it remains a historical landmark in the area. Other more recent Burgundy wineries shelter fascinating vaulted cellars filled with wines dating back to the fifteenth century, or boast state-of-the-art techniques for the production of the local sparkling wines, Crémant de Bourgogne.
Find the best wineries to visit in Burgundy, explore its famed wine route, learn about its climats and taste some of the most celebrated Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in France.