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Nowhere in the world have humans shown such determination to so precisely link a wine to its place of origin as Burgundy. The result is an extremely fragmented collection of vineyards. 1,247 Climats extend from Dijon to Mâcon, and among them are some of the most famous names from the world of wine.

Burgundy is a land with a distinct identity and culture, we always focus that its wine, but there is so much more. There are many more farm fields and pastures then vines. The vines are very picky where they thrive…the hillsides of Cote de Nuit, Cote D’Or (the Golden Slope), Cote de Beaune. From Dijon, as the capital of the Duchy of Burgundy,   leading southward, it was called the Royal Road leading to Romanee-Conti and Clos Vougeot. The French Revolution fundamentally change the landscape of Burgundy tearing apart huge wine estates owned by nobility and monastic orders. Today it is even more fragmented due to the code of inheritance to family members. 

Beaune, a walled town is the wine capital with the famous Hospices de Beaune. This town is all about wine, its true pastime. There are many other Burgundies to be discovered Macon, Chablis and the villages of Beaujolais. 

There is a lot of tasting to do, not forgetting the Cremants, Marc de Bourgogne, and so many other specialties along the way. We will need to take our time exploring, tasting and studying the “Art de Vivre.”


  • Taste the Bresse chickens that have a hearty flavor of their own.

  • Wonder the aisles of Les Halles for Escargots from Dijon, Oeufs ben Meurette, and fresh Epoisse at La Ferme .

  • Visit the Truffle farm between Nuits St George and Vougeot

  • Bike to the Abbey Fontenay along the old rail lines

  • Take home Crème de Cassis to enjoy a Kir and reflect on your Burgundian memories

  • Photo the medieval village of Semur-en-Auxios

  • For architecture splendor go to Chateau d’ Ancy le Franc and wonder the picture perfect gardens

  • I still remember the details of my lunch at Chateau de Pommard drinking a magical Chassagne-Montrachet.

Boxed Suggestions

Hotel Le Cep—atmosphere is wonderful but you will never be treated better by the owner and staff

La Cloche M Gallery in Dijon

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