This wine-growing region is well known to the French as a producer of Grands Crus. Indeed, from Dijon to Meursault, you will cross authentic vineyards against a backdrop of landscapes worthy of postcards. Today, Les Grappes offers you a tailor-made itinerary in Burgundy, in the spirit of wine tourism.
As soon as you leave the capital of the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, you will enter the wine-growing region called Côte de Nuits. Its gentle slopes will offer you sumptuous panoramas and its winegrowers wines of great finesse. Nicknamed « Champs-Elysées of the Burgundy » by the locals, this region concentrates a large number of Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. In addition to taste mustards and cassis liquors, you can visit the estates and taste wines of exceptional quality, linked to the microclimates and the banded layout of the Côte de Nuits hills.
Don’t miss: taste the Grands Crus of local producers of appellations such as Romanée-Conti, Chapelle-Chambertin or Clos de Vougeot, appreciate the excellence of Burgundy.
This charming village, with 5,000 inhabitants, magnificently closes the Route des Grands Crus described above. In Nuits-Saint-Georges, authenticity and typicity are the key words. These same values are found in the local terroir: snails, coq au vin or Burgundian beef ! Many vineyards are open to wine tourists in the region and the winegrowers have a friendly and warm reputation.
The plus: visit the Cassissium, a real institution in Nuits-Saint-Georges where you can taste syrups, creams and liqueurs for the pleasures of young and old.
Located between Ladoix-Serrigny and Maranges, this strip of vineyards is sometimes no more than 200 metres wide. It offers an ideal sunshine to the vines. In the Côtes-de-Beaune and Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune appellations, you will have a wide choice of visits: rather winegrowers harvesting or large trading houses? These two completely different worlds will make you understand that the vine offers a wide range of complementary professions. If you are passing through Beaune, don’t miss the famous Hospices de Beaune and its flamboyant Gothic style.
Our advice: visit Hôtel Dieu, an integral part of the Hospices de Beaune complex, which will surprise you with its collection of medieval objects and Gothic towers.
Both villages delight wine tourists with their beauty. Indeed, Meursault and its main street are a pleasure for the eyes. Visitors will appreciate the contrast between small winegrowers’ houses and large bourgeois buildings. These two villages, surrounded by vineyards, are the hosts of winegrowers who are proud of their terroir and who will make you discover their wines in a friendly atmosphere. More than just landscapes, southern Burgundy promises you a unique taste experience that you will remember for a long time to come!
Don’t miss: the Falaises de Saint-Romain, vertiginous slopes that will make the most sensitive to emptiness pale!