Good living is a way of life in Burgundy, whose rich historical, cultural, architectural and culinary heritage combine to produce a tourist mecca to cater for all tastes. Above all, however, it is the ultimate place of pilgrimage for lovers of fine wine.
It is a region characterised by rich green valleys, picturesque villages, great restaurants and warm hospitality, but vineyads are the soul of Burgundy.
Wine literally shapes the landscape.
VINEYARDS - The heart of wine-growing Burgundy lies in a surprisingly small area. a narrow 60-kilometre strip of south and south-eastern facing slopes extending from just south of Dijon to some 20 kilometres south of Beaune. The Cote d'Or comprising the Cote de Nuits and the Cote de Beaune, is the Champs Elysees of Burgundy wine, producing 32 of the 33 so-called grands crus, the most prestigious of all.
This rich mosaic of vineyards is dotted with villages and domaines whose evocative names read like a roll-call of the world's most famous red and white wines - Gevrey-Chambertin, Nuits St Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Pommsrd, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault to name but a few.
WINE TASTING in the vineyards and the cellars of the great wine houses in Beaune, often atmosperically located in old chapels, convents and fortificateions, will afford a first hand insight into the unique combination of micro-climate, soil, grape variety and wine-growers know-how, lovingly passed on from generation to generation, which produces wines of such quality, sophistication and amazing variety. Shipment and takeaway sales are easily arranged.
INCLUDED VISITS - We have included a number of activities intended to give a rounded introduction to Burgundy and its wines, but allowing plenty of time to explore at leisure. Your travel pack will include full details on many other vineyards and wine-cellar visits and free tastings.
A combination of speedy TGV connections to Dijon and efficient local services make this beguiling region surprisingling accessible and have inspired this rail-based itinerary covering the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune. There are stages in Dijon, Nuits St Georges and Beaune, staying in good quality 3 and 4 star accommodation.
Arrival by TGV at Dijon and overnight on B & B
Day free to explore the capital of the ancient Duchy of Burgundy; p.m. optional visit by local bus to Chateau de Marsannay, most northerley of Cote de Nuits wine domains. Overnight in Dijon on B & B.
a.m. to Nuits St Georges, in the heart of the world's most exclusive vineyards, visits and tastings in local cellars. Overnight in Nuits St Georges including a gastronomic dinner.
a.m. free in Nuits, p.m. to Beaune, including tour of the medieval city and into the vineyards by tourist train, included visit and tasting in Patriarche wine cellars. Overnight in Beaune B & B.
Included visit to medieval Hospices de Beaune, scene of the celebrated wine auction each November; p.m. optional visit by local train to Mersault. Overnight in Beaune on B & B.
a.m. free in Beaune, p.m. included halF-day excursion to vineyards in air-conditioned minivan with local guide, with tasting. Overnight in Beaune on B & B.
Return to UK by TGV and Eurostar.