Back in the late 60s, one of our SmoothRed founders spent his first wine harvest in Burgundy. (We’d tell you who, but we don’t want to give away his age).
Working the vines of Clos Vougeot, the largest vineyard in Côte de Nuits, he soon fell in love with the region. And since then our little black book of contacts has grown steadily every year. Or should that be “our little SmoothRed book of contacts”?
Nowadays we run a range of Burgundy wine trips and self-drive tours across the whole region. From Chablis in the north to the Mâconnais in the south and the picturesque region of Beaujolais near Lyon, we can show you the finest sights and wines in all of Burgundy.
Popular places to visit
As well as its beautiful rural landscapes of farmland and vineyards, Burgundy also boasts several stunning towns and villages to visit.
Dijon is the capital of the region and has plenty to offer besides just mustard. In its medieval heart you can visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts (one of the oldest museums in France), the elegant Palais des Ducs and the exquisite Renaissance stylings of the Hôtel de Vogüé.
Beaune meanwhile is the capital of Burgundy wines. Home to over 100 kilometres of tunnels and wine cellars, this charmingly picturesque town has wine coursing through its veins, with opportunities to taste incredible Burgundy wines at every twist and turn.
The regions of Burgundy
Measuring around the same size as Belgium, Burgundy can be hard to get a handle on. So it’s easiest to think of it in terms of its distinct sub-regions, arranged in a narrow strip running south from Dijon.
Starting in the north, Chablis is known almost exclusively for its exceptional dry white wines made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Just to the south, the Côte de Nuits is home to Clos Vougeot, Gevrey-Chambertin and some of the finest red Burgundies in the whole region. But it’s always worth checking out some of the whites they produce there too.
In the Côte de Beaune meanwhile you can taste some of the greatest white Burgundies from places like Pulingy-Montrachet, Chassange Montrachet and Mersault. But we’ll leave it to you to decide whether you prefer these to those from Chablis.
To the very south of Burgundy lie the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais. Both are known for producing somewhat cheaper reds and whites, but can still surprise with some truly excellent wines.
On the culinary front, Burgundy is probably best known for Dijon mustard, but there’s plenty more to sample besides.
There’s tender, succulent Charolais beef produced from the distinctive white cattle dotting the Burgundy countryside. There are delicious, cheese-filled choux pastry balls known as Gougères.
And of course, who could forget that most famous of Burgundy foods: Boeuf Bourguignon? Forget those sad, pale imitations served up in provincial English restaurants. The authentic version is a rich, sumptuous joy to behold.
020 8877 4940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk through what you’d like out of your perfect Burgundy wine tasting trip.
We have several Burgundy wine trips and self-drive holidays to choose from, or we’ll happily tailor one for you.