16 August 2017, 10:59 AM
Driving through Burgundy’s famous wine region and touring some of France’s most esteemed wineries is a magical holiday.
Here are our favorite experiences for you when exploring Burgundy, France.
Picturesque views of the French countryside.
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.
Experience Burgundy Wine
From grape to wine glass.
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.
Enjoy views straight out of a fairytale.
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.
Before you leave Burgundy, two must visit towns are Dijon and Pernand-Vergelesses, some of the most picturesque of 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. Driving through France is tremendous and here are some interesting facts on Franceto help with that game of eye spy with my little eye.
Take your experience to the next level.
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.
If you are planning on traveling to multiple countries throughout Europe, read our travel editor's recommended undiscovered wine regions for more tips and ideas.