Savour Burgundy

In every part of the world, the name Burgundy is synonymous with “wines of exception”. From Beaune to Chablis and from M�con to Nuits-Saint-Georges, the vineyards of Burgundy are at once an extraordinarily rich, complex, discreet and… overpowering experience!

In every part of the world, the name Burgundy is synonymous with “wines of exception”. From Beaune to Chablis and from M�con to Nuits-Saint-Georges, the vineyards of Burgundy are at once an extraordinarily rich, complex, discreet and… overpowering experience!

There is nothing more rewarding than getting to know these localities or terroirs and the people who work in them. With 102 appellations and 33 grands crus spread over a little area blessed by the gods and producing barely 0.5% of the world’s wine output, Burgundy is as unpretentious as it is famous.

It is also incredibly diverse. From one vineyard to another, one vintage to another, one climat to another, the wines of Burgundy are so different from each other.

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The reds, whites and ros�s bring out all the qualities of the pinot noir and chardonnay grape varieties, which flourish here as nowhere else. And let’s not forget the Cr�mant de Bourgogne, the sparkling wine which is so much at home here, especially in the Ch�tillon area.

In Burgundy, winegrowers and wine producers attach the greatest importance to authenticity and excellence. Here, wine-tasting is a unique and cherished experience. Will you prove equal to the task of taming these extraordinary wines? Will you be able to identify the aromas of the undergrowth, of hazelnut or red fruit, appreciate the colour or robe of the wine to the full ?

There is only one way to find out, go to www.burgundy-tourism.com and cross the threshold of one of our world-renowned vineyards.

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The best way to “Savour Burgundy” is by following the Wine Road. In actual fact, the Wine Road breaks down into several itineraries taking you through the main winegrowing areas of Burgundy.

The Grand Cru Wine Road (Route des Grands Crus), sometimes referred to as the “Champs Elys�es of Burgundy”, runs from Dijon to Santenay by way of Nuits-St-Georges and Beaune and introduces you to 24 of the region’s 33 grand cru wines.

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The Grands Vins Wine Road (Route touristique des Grands Vins de Bourgogne) takes you through the vineyards of the Maranges, the Couchois and the C�te Chalonnaise.

The M�connais-Beaujolais Wine Road (Route des Vins M�connais-Beaujolais) winds its way through the southernmost part of the Burgundy wine area and gives you a chance to discover the Roche de Solutr� and the landscapes which did so much to inspire the poetry of the locally born Alphonse Lamartine.

The Yonne Wine Road (Route touristique des Vins de l’Yonne) in the north of the region, offers visitors a choice of several circuits around Chablis, Auxerre, V�zelay, Tonnerre and Joigny.

The recently opened Sparkling Wine Road (Route du Cr�mant) takes visitors to the area around Ch�tillon-sur-Seine.

Finally, right in the west of the region, outside the boundaries of the official Burgundy appellation but nevertheless situated on the territory of the Burgundy Region, the Coteaux de Pouilly-Sancerre Wine Road (Route des Coteaux de Pouilly-Sancerre) takes the traveller to the Burgundian part of the Val de Loire.

Each of these itineraries can be made in a variety of ways: in the comfort of your own car, of course, but also using the facilities of public transport so as to remove some of the “stress” from your wine-tasting sessions!

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Or you could adopt a more original approach by following the many footpaths leading through the vineyards, or again biking along the specially signposted cycle paths like the Voie des Vignes running from Beaune to Santenay, or riding along the many bridle paths.

Whatever approach you adopt, you can always count on a right royal welcome, particularly from the 282 winegrowers who have signed up to the “From Vineyards to Cellars” (De Vignes en Caves) Quality Charter; and you can be sure that the other providers of tourist services will be pleased and honoured to share the legendary Burgundian art de vivre with you: B&Bs, little hotels of charm, g�tes established in winegrower’s houses, restaurants and country inns, vineyard excursions or initiations into the art of wine tasting.

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