Burgundy is one of the regions of France the most famous around the world, renowned for the richness of its local products and the excellence of its vineyards with legendary wines such as Romanee Conti, Clos de Vougeot or the Great -Echezeaux … without forgetting the Chardonnay. We suggest to ask to your Paris concierge service to plan for you a day tour from Paris to enjoy a Burgundy wine tour.
Long time ago in ancient times its excellence was recognized by the Romans, who fearing competition, had a portion of the vines grubbed up and prohibit new plantings. During the great invasions of the fifth century, the Burgondes who originated from the Baltics, settled in the plains of the Saone and its surroundings. The development of Christianity allowed for the consolidation of wine production with the creation of the great “domains” around the abbeys. Some of them were to undergo huge expansion, for example Cluny, Clairvaux and of course Vezzelay, from where the call to the Crusades was sent out. Today one can only admire beauty of its landscapes and the beautiful colors of its vines in the autumn, which gives its name to the department of Côte d’Or (the Golden Slope).
To know more about Burgundy region we suggest enjoying your private guide knowledge making a first stop at Chablis, around 2 hour from Paris. This city forms a bridge to Burgundy’s region. The vineyards, lying on both sides of the river, cover more than 6000 hectares and 20 villages and producing one of the most popular white wines in the world: Chablis famed for its classic dry and mineral taste. Visit a small producer to learn more about wines work and savoir faire, tasting glass of wine to learn about the appellation. Do not forget to enjoy the charm of this very old city of Chablis with a world renowned.
Then you could visit Beaune, city with a splendid architectural heritage and the Capital of the Burgundy wines with its undulating landscapes produces famous red, and white, appellations. The dominant local grapes are pinot noir, as in Pommard and Volnay, and chardonnay, as in the Grands crus Montrachet, and Chevalier-Montrachet. The story of Burgundy and Beaune is the story of the rich and powerful Dukes of Burgundy, visionaries of wine cultivation and promotion. Visit the “Patriarche” wine cellars (or similar), dating from the 13th/14th century, where you will be able to taste about 13 different kinds of wine!
Finally the city of Vezelay worth the stop. The village is classified by UNESCO “World Heritage of Humanity”. Take a guided visit to the basilica Saint Mary Madeleine, center of Romanesque architecture and sculpture and which still keeps some relics of the saint and enjoy a walk in the village tasting. Your travel planner, Ultimate Paris Guide would be pleased to create for you a personalized tour to make the most of you stay discovering Burgundy wines.