11 August 2017, 10:31 AM
Travel to Burgundy and Dijon in France and visit world class wineries. Learn how Burgundy Reds are made and tour boutique wineries which families have run for centuries. Organic pates and cheeses paired with local Burgundy wines await the wine enthusiast.
Driving through Burgundy’s famous wine region, touring some of France’s most esteemed wineries and learning about the appellations in Burgundy is a magical holiday. There is no better way to travel to Burgundy than driving from Dijon to Santenay which is known as the Route des Grands Crus. As stunning as Napa Valley or Tuscany, the Route des Grands Crus is a 40 mile scenic drive through the most idyllic French villages surrounded by Burgundy vineyards. Did you know that all red Burgundies are Pinot Noir and all whites are Chardonnays?
While wine tours can be arranged in advance for the more popular wine estates such as the Vosne-Romanée, the cellar doors are open for many smaller wineries who do not charge an upfront fee for tastings. The Burgundy Reds are world renowned. The white wines are delicious. As your travels to Burgundy will take you to so many beautiful villages, there are almost too many to choose from. Our bucket list favorites are Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, and of course Vougeot.
In Vougeot, the 5-star Chateau de Gilly hotel is a wonderful hotel. The 16th century castle is set on 5 acres overlooking manicured gardens and the Vouge River. Centrally located, it has perfect access to the best of the Burgundy region. Lounging in the swimming pool after a day of touring and wine tasting in the Burgundy wine region is perhaps the definition of paradise for wine and travel enthusiasts.
Before you leave Burgundy, two must-visit towns are Dijon and Pernand-Vergelesses, which may be among the most picturesque Burgundian wine villages! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also see the most spectacular panoramic views of Burgundy from the Notre-Dame de Bonne Espérance.