The origin of Burgundy wines can be traced back to the Roman colonization of France, with the introduction of grapevines to the region dating back to the 1st century AD. It was during the Middle ages that the Cistercian monks established vineyards throughout the area.
In Burgundy, “terroir” is shaped by the unique and authentic chemistry between the grape varieties, the natural conditions and the passionate workmanship of the men and women who make the wines. Burgundy is made up of hundreds of terroirs, reflecting the one of a kind specificities of each plot and forming a unique unmatched mosaic. The notion of the “Climat” is the ultimate expression of Burgundian terroir. The climates are well delimited plots of land. Benefiting from a specific blend of specific geological and climatic conditions give Burgundian wines their exceptional qualities. The climat is unique to this area. There are 600 Climats referenced in Burgundy.
Four main grape varieties prevail in this area: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Aligoté.
Join us on this intensive Burgundy wine tour
Day 1: From Beaujolais to the Cote d’Or
After Breakfast at your hotel, your Burgundy wine tour starts with a drive North from Lyon into Beaujolais country.
Stop off for a visit at the Hameau Georges Duboeuf. The Hamlet of Georges Duboeuf includes a café and boutique, a Beaujolais garden, a wine museum, cellars, cinema, etc.
Visit the medieval Château de Pierreclos, masterpiece of medieval architecture in south Burgundy, with 9 centuries of history.
Continue to Cluny and Visit the Abbey of Cluny.
Discover the vineyards to the south of Beaune in Pommard, Volnay and Mersault.
Lunch at La table d’Olivier Leflaive at his own winery.
Check in to your hotel Chateau du Chassagne. You will be welcomed to visit the chateau upon arrival. Bicycles are available to explore this area. Chassagne is very flat and a beautiful place to cycle through the vineyards.
Diner at L’Estaminet in Puligny Montrachet. They often have a concert of live music.
Night in your hotel Chateau du Chassagne.
Day 2: Guided Discovery of the Great Burgundy vineyards Cote de Beaune & Cote de Nuits
After breakfast depart for Beaune with your guide. A walking tour of the beautiful town of Beaune and its hospices of the 15th century. Jewel of gothic architecture and a testament to the period of the Grands Ducs of Burgundy.
After the tour of Beaune continue south through Pommard, Volnay and Mersault vineyards.
Combine a wine tasting with your lunch at Le Montrachet restaurant in Puligny Montrachet.
After lunch, amble through villages of the Côte de Beaune, discovering the great grand cru white (Chardonnay) areas: Saint Romain/ Meursault / Chassagne / Puligny Montrachet…
Wine tasting at Domaine Charton in Puligny Montrachet.
Return to your hotel.
Diner at L’Auberge du Vieux Vigneron. Overnight at your hotel in Chateau du Chassagne.
Day 3: Historical and Gastronomic Dijon
Today you will discover the Grand Cru Wine route. You will be introduced to the Cote de Nuits which has been nicknamed the 'Champs Elysees' of Burgundy for its prestigious Classified reds. The appellations, Aloxe Corton, Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne Romanee, the climates and the terroirs will no longer be foreign words.
Private tour of Chateau du Clos Vougeot with its antique vat room created by the monks of Citeaux and current head quarters of the famous Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Wine tasting at a small privately owned domaine in Vougeot.
Lunch at Chez Guy in Gevrey Chambertin with your guide.
Afternoon Walking tour of Dijon, your Burgundy wine tour continues. Your guide will lead you into the historical heart of Dijon, from the Palais des Ducs and the Etats de Bourgogne to the Parliament quarter passing by Notre Dame and the medieval lanes. Appreciate the richness and elegance of the architectural heritage of the town. A visit of the Musee des Beaux Arts, Salle des Gardes and Ducs tomb are all part of the tour and help to explain how the influence of the Ducs de Burgundy, during the middle ages, helped influence European history. (The museum is closed on Tuesdays)
Departure late afternoon