First eastern France, then the world — Burgundy is one of our most globally-renowned and beloved regions, and with good reason. This is a comprehensive introduction to the grapes that made it great, meeting some of the most important producers both new and old.
In the valleys and slopes just west of the Saône, swathes of green vines consistently produce what are considered to be some of the world’s best wines. And while they might be small in stature, Burgundy’s five wine-growing areas are big players in the global trade, with their prestige, quality, and small-scale production leading to an impressive level of demand, and some even more impressive price tags.
Above all, Burgundy’s wines are completely influenced by their terroir, with each mouthful aiming to capture that elusive sense of place. We say the best way to enjoy it is to experience it for yourself. Whatever your tastes run to rustic or refined, elegant or robust, red or white, Burgundy is made to be drunk in the place it was grown.
Highlights include visits to the village of Vosne-Romanée, lunch at Domaine Olivier Leflaive, a tasting at Bouchard Père et Fils, and a walk in the vineyards around Beaune. We are based throughout in boutique hotels in the historic town of Beaune.
Burgundy’s pleasures don’t begin and end with its vineyards and châteaux. There is plenty of time to admire the 17th century buildings of beautiful Beaune, roofed with vibrant glazed tiles; to explore the only surviving transept of the once-great Cluny Abbey, or just to soak up the atmosphere of this most venerated of regions.
- Take a leisurely walk through the miles of vineyard surrounding the historic town of Beaune
- Enjoy the privilege of tasting these wines, completely influenced by their terroir, in the place they were created
- Explore Medieval abbeys, regal châteaux, and the charming cobbled streets of Burgundy’s towns
First and foremost, we explore the many expressions of Pinot Noir. Classic, rustic, and muscular, or delicate and ethereal, there is a Burgundy for everyone. We also taste Gamay-dominated Beaujolais. When it comes to whites, there are flinty Chablis and rich buttery Meursault to be enjoyed.