Burgundy Wine Tours

Most wine fans who think of wine tours to Burgundy have in their mind’s eye, unwittingly or not, the beautiful slopes of the Cote d’Or. And why not, for here lies greatness. From the southerly outskirts of Dijon one travels through quiet villages - unassuming to the casual observer, but whose names resonate for the connoisseur - Gevrey-Chambertin, Vosne-Romanée, Volnay, Pommard, Meursault to name but a few. A hallowed strip, 60 kms from north to south.

Burgundy wine tours

Conveniently situated midway between the Cote de Nuit (the northern half of the Cote d’Or) and the Cote de Beaune (the southern half) is the lovely medieval town of Beaune. The kind of place you wander round, get lost, stop for a glass of rosé in a streetside café, then find you weren’t lost at all.

Of course, there’s more to wine tours in Burgundy than that. Further south is the Cote Chalonnaise where winemakers get on with business in the shadow of the Cote d’Or – their business being the production of super wines (mostly white, some red) at incredibly fair prices. On south again, the Maconnais region makes beautiful whites (Pouilly-Fuissé comes from here) at equally beautiful prices.

Last but certainly not least wine tours could be continued to the regions of Chablis, way off to the NW, and Beaujolais at the south. Tacked on to Burgundy by wine bureaucrats, they have every right to stand on their own merits. Chablis for its world-renowned crisp whites; Beaujolais for its reds, full of the joie de vivre of the gorgeous countryside that gave them birth.

 Burgundy Wine Tour Basics

  • About 300 kms southeast of Paris
  • Vineyards date from Roman times
  • Developed by monasteries in the Middle Ages
  • Post-1789 Revolution, new inheritance laws split land equally between all family members, hence the small plots typical of Burgundy today
  • No blending (unlike Bordeaux). Reds from Pinot Noir, whites Chardonnay
  • Key tasting words (reds): blackcurrant, cherry, raspberry, plum; (whites) apricot, acacia, almond, honey, hazelnut, pear, apple