Wine tours in Burgundy: where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are kings

Burgundy’s one hundred wine appellations are the result of the masterful combination of the region’s perfect weather for growing grapes, its rich soils, elegant varietals and unique climats. In every wine tasting, Burgundy presents its visitors with incredible examples of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two classic French varieties which reach their highest expression in Chablis, Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune. Many wine tours in Burgundy take you to these prestigious hillsides and to the small villages that bear the names of some of the greatest wines in the world.

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Wine tours in Burgundy include many of these sights (and wines) and will make for an unforgettable experience in the French wine country. Just imagine yourself exploring wild forests while following trained dogs in the search of the coveted truffles of the area, or picture yourself and your friends on an iconic Citroen 2CV touring the local vineyards to take part in a wine tasting. If you prefer to get views from the air… you can “catch a ride” on a hot air balloon or helicopter to fly over some of the most beautiful châteaux in France or you can simply take a bike tour and visit Burgundy’s castles at your own pace.

Can you visit vineyards in Burgundy?

Absolutely! Burgundy, or Bourgogne in French, is famous for its vineyards and is a prime destination for wine enthusiasts. Visitors can explore numerous vineyards, wineries, and wine estates throughout the region.

Wines of Burgundy: Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Chablis, and Maconnais.

Many wineries in Burgundy offer tours and tastings where visitors can learn about the winemaking process, stroll through the vineyards, and sample the region's world-class wines. Some estates may require advance reservations, especially during peak tourist seasons, so it's a good idea to plan ahead.

Additionally, Burgundy is dotted with picturesque villages and towns, making it an ideal destination for wine tours and exploration. From historic wine cellars to charming tasting rooms, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Burgundy's rich wine culture.

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What time of year is best for wine tours?

France has a temperate climate that is largely influenced by the Atlantic weather systems. In the south, the climate is more Mediterranean while the north is affected by continental air mass. Burgundy sits at the junction in east-central France and so the weather can be varied at times.

The western hills of Burgundy tend to get more rainfall, while the eastern valleys are drier. Generally, across the region summers are hot and winters are cold and dark. The summer months promise long sunny days and is the peak time to travel for many holidaymakers. Though many travellers enjoy the shoulder season due to the milder climate. September to November is ideal for hiking, cycling and vineyard visits as it’s still pleasant and warm, and the vineyards will feature spectacular autumn colours. Spring is another great time, just before the summer rush begins.

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Is Burgundy a day trip from Paris?

Yes, Burgundy can be visited as a day trip from Paris, but it's worth considering the travel time and what you'd like to experience during your visit.

By high-speed train (TGV), the journey from Paris to major cities in Burgundy like Dijon or Beaune takes around 1.5 to 2 hours, making it feasible for a day trip. However, keep in mind that this will give you limited time to enjoy the region's vineyards, wineries, and attractions.

If you're primarily interested in visiting one or two specific wineries or exploring a particular area of Burgundy, a day trip from Paris can be a rewarding experience. However, if you want to immerse yourself in the region's wine culture, it's worth considering spending at least a night or two in Burgundy to fully enjoy everything it has to offer.

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What are the places to Visit in Burgundy ?

In Burgundy, there are numerous charming towns, historic sites, and, of course, prestigious vineyards to explore. Here are some top location to visit in Burgundy:

Dijon: The capital of Burgundy, known for its well-preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture, including the Palais des Ducs et des États de Bourgogne (Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy) and the Notre-Dame de Dijon church. Don't miss the famous mustard shops!

Beaune: Capital of Burgundy Wine, a picturesque town renowned for its wine auctions at the Hospices de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu), a medieval hospital. Discover the charming cobblestone streets, visit the Hospices, and sample wines at the numerous wine bars and cellars.

Vézelay: Home to the stunning Basilica of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a starting point for pilgrims on the Way of Saint James (Camino de Santiago).

Châteauneuf-en-Auxois: A beautifully preserved medieval village perched on a hilltop, offering panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and the Châteauneuf-en-Auxois castle.

Abbey of Fontenay: A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the oldest Cistercian abbeys in Europe, known for its Romanesque architecture and serene setting.

Cluny: Explore the ruins of the Cluny Abbey, once one of the largest and most influential monasteries in Europe, and explore the charming town center.

Autun: Discover Roman heritage at the Autun Cathedral and the Roman theater, and stroll through the medieval streets of this historic town.

Nuits-Saint-Georges: Known for its prestigious vineyards and wine museum, as well as its charming old town center.

Chablis: Discover the vineyards and cellars of this renowned wine-producing region, famous for its crisp white wines made from Chardonnay grapes.

Morvan Regional Natural Park: If you're a nature enthusiast, don't miss the opportunity to navigate the rolling hills, forests, and lakes of this scenic regional park.

These are just a few highlights of what Burgundy has to offer. Whether you're interested in history, wine, or natural beauty, Burgundy promises a memorable and enriching experience.

Wineries to visit in Burgundy

Embark on an unforgettable tour with wine tasting, discover renowned wineries:

Château de Pommard

Château de Chassagne-Montrachet

Olivier Leflaive Winery

Château de la Crée

Famille Brocard

Where to Stay in Burgundy ?

Finding luxury accommodation in the region of Burgundy is easy. As one of the most well-known wine regions and famous foodie destinations in Europe, there are stylish, classy hotels that cater to international visitors from all over the globe. From 5 star accommodation with fine dining and luxury spas to private mansions, family-run manors, and renovated historic homes, there are so many different styles of accommodation to choose from. There’s something to suit every taste and preference.

For the ultimate high-end glamour, let us arrange a stay in one of our featured stays, such as the luxurious Hotel Le Cep & Spa Marie de Bourgogne or the stylishly chic Hostellerie Cèdre.

Place to Eat and Drink in Burgundy

Burgundy Region is a place where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are kings, and Beef Bourguignon and Dijon mustard are favourites, you’re sure to enjoy some hearty and filling meals. Food and wine pairing is key in most fine dining restaurants in Burgundy, as is using red wine in rich and meaty recipes. The cuisine here is truly unique, and there many great places to try the local menu.

You can enjoy gourmet experiences and workshops with dinner at Le Relais Bernard Loiseau in Saulieu – it’s one of the finest wine cellars in France with a Michelin starred restaurant seating 70 people. Or for a restaurant that uses the Enomatic® system where you can order rare wines by the glass, let us book you a table at Loiseau des Vignes.

Other restaurants we love are Loiseau des DucsLoiseau des Sens, and Le Clos du Cedre, all worth visiting if you’re a fan of French gastronomy.

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