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Welcome to Burgundy

A visit to central France's historic Burgundy region is all about vineyard-dotted hills, gourmet French food, and lots of wine. Known as one of the country's most prolific wine-making regions, Burgundy has 100 appellations—more than any other part of France—and there are 25 red grand cru wines produced there. However, most of the region's wines are, surprisingly, white, including the famous Chablis. With so many world-class wines to navigate, it helps to have a guide to make sense of it all on wine tours of Burgundy, many of which include samples of some of France's best vintages and stops at historic wine cellars. Private, small-group, and bike tours are available, too, with select options giving visitors special access to Burgundy's grand crus. In between winery visits, stroll the charming historic center of Beaune, the center of the Burgundy wine world; or pop into Dijon—yes, that's where the mustard gets its name—to browse shops selling regional gourmet foods such as mustard, kir, gougères, and gingerbread. Among the historic structures in Dijon are the 13th-century Church of Notre-Dame and the Dijon cathedral, with its 6th-century crypt. Then, once you've had your fill of on-the-ground attractions, take in the beautiful Burgundy scenery by hot-air balloon or helicopter for a truly spectacular view.

Top 15 attractions in Burgundy

Hospices de Beaune

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hospices de Beaune (aka the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is one of Burgundy’s most storied buildings. Founded as a charitable hospital in 1443, the landmark is known for its turrets, colorful roof tiles, and pretty courtyards—as well as the annual wine auction it hosts. The on-site museum also draws art lovers.More

Dijon Ducal Palace (Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne)

One of Dijon’s most important historical landmarks (and included in the Historic Center of Dijon UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Dijon Ducal Palace was, for centuries, the seat of Burgundian power. Constructed in the 14th century, it is today host to a museum and government offices, and is open to the public.More


The northernmost wine district in Burgundy is not only home to some of the most sought-after vintages—it’s also beautiful. Nicknamed the “Golden Door of Burgundy,” this tiny village is full of remarkable edifices, including the City Hall, the Porte-Noël, St Martin’s Church, and the Maison de l’Obédiencerie, with its ancient wooden press.More

Route des Grands Crus

Winding its way through the Burgundy wine appellations, the scenic Route des Grands Crus (translated as Road of the Great Wines) is the region’s main tourist route, linking together more than 30 wine-growing villages and dotted with grand châteaux and historic wine caves. Possible by car or bike, the route follows mostly quiet country lanes through the heart of wine country, taking in all the wineries of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune wine districts, famed for their pinot noir and chardonnay grapes.Highlights of the Route des Grands Crus include the striking Burgundy wine capital of Beaune, home to the flamboyant 15th-century Hospices de Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu); the grand Château Clos de Vougeot; and picturesque wine-making villages like Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Vosne-Romanée, and Chambolle-Musigny, where it’s possible to stop off for tastings and winery tours.More

Clos de Vougeot

The arresting Château du Clos de Vougeot lies at the heart of Burgundy’s wine country and makes a popular stop along the Route des Grands Crus tourist trail, offering a unique insight into the region’s wine-making history. Although the winery was originally built by monks in the 12th-century, the Renaissance-style château that stands today dates from the 16th-century and the complex includes the original kitchens, medieval vat-house and presses, and Cistercian cellar.The Clos de Vougeot no longer produces wine, but is preserved as a national monument and hosts regular events, exhibitions and concerts, as well as daily tours, which allow visitors to peek at the historic grape presses and stroll through the surrounding vineyards.More

Dijon Cathedral (Cathedral of Saint Benignus of Dijon)

Among Dijon’s most prominent religious landmarks, the Dijon Cathedral is recognizable for its turret-capped towers and its Gothic facade. Though a church has stood on site since the 6th century, the version that stands today was constructed beginning in 1281. Today, the building is a symbol of the city and a listed Historic Monument.More

Rue des Forges

One of the oldest and most evocative streets in Dijon, the picturesque Rue des Forges is located in the city’s historical center. Featuring several hôtels particuliers (historical manor homes), the street also wends its way past the Palace of the Dukes and Burgundy States and connects to the verdant Square des Ducs.More

Hôtel de Vogüé

One of Dijon’s loveliest historical landmarks, the Hôtel de Vogüé dates to the 17th century and was built as a hôtel particulier—a luxurious manor house—for Etienne Bouhier, an adviser to the Parliament of Burgundy. The building is renowned for its stone carvings, colorful roof tiles, grand courtyard, and other ornamental flourishes.More

Château de Meursault

Domaine du Château de Meursault is one of the most prestigious wine estates in the Burgundy area of France. Located in the Côte d’Or vineyard in Côte de Beaune, the winery spreads over 60 hectares and was founded all the way back in the 11th century, yes, 1000 years ago, to be precise. Initially known as the fiefdom of Foulot MIII, it now produces an acclaimed selection of wines that are frequently served at the top Michelin restaurants across France and elsewhere in the world. At Meursault, tradition in enhanced by modern winemaking techniques, which enables the rich and historic Burgundy terroir to fully be expressed in the 27 different wines produced on site.Unlike the Bordeaux region, wine châteaux are quite uncommon in Burgundy, a fact that only makes Meursault that much more special. The sprawling estate features a castle, a conservatory, ancient and massive (up to 800,000 bottles or 2,000 barrels) cellars dating back from the 12th century, a park, and many more stunning features.More


Nestled in the Cone Valley, halfway between Dijon and Paris, stands the idyllic village of Vézelay. The 9th-century hilltop fortress is home to one of the most remarkable basilicas in France—the Romanesque Basilica of St Magdalene—as well as a gorgeous UNESCO World Heritage Old Town.More
Fallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot)

Fallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot)

TheFallot Mustard Mill (La Moutarderie Fallot) is the first museum in France to be entirely dedicated to mustard, the renowned condiment that has become the pride and joy of the Burgundy region. Inside the museum, visitors will find a selection of modern and ancient tools that were used to create mustard and its derivative products, revealing many surprising trade secrets along the way. The multi-sensorial and interactive exhibits explain everything from the manufacturing process to the tasting criteria; visitors are even encouraged to test their own knowledge of mustard through different experiences. The museum offers two different guided visits: the first one, called Découvertes, is more traditional and features a mixture of commentary and videos in the museum. The second one, called Sensational Experiences, takes visitors inside the actual production facilities in order to get a better understanding of the process and the challenges the industry faces today. The real highlight, however, is the “mustard bar” inside the Espace Faillot gift shop, where visitors are encouraged to taste as many mustards as they like.Moutarderie Fallot has been in operation since 1840 and is now the only remaining artisanal mustard producer in Burgundy.More

Château de Bazoches

A historical, turret-topped castle located in Burgundy, the Château de Bazoches is one of the region’s most revered landmarks. Built in the 12th century and expanded by the Marshal de Vauban in the 17th century, the castle is still owned by his descendants. Today, it’s a listed Historic Monument, and open to the public.More


Nestled in the south of France’s Burgundy region, the medieval town of Cluny grew up around its 10th-century Benedictine abbey. Today, visitors admire what remains of this once powerful establishment before discovering the town’s Gothic and Romanesque architecture, church, and other treasures.More
Domaine Debray

Domaine Debray

This family-owned yet sprawling estate winery, whose cellars are located in the city of Beaune, are geared towards quality and not necessarily quantity. What makes this winery special is its owner’s background; Yvonnick Debray spent 20 years of his life selling Burgundy wines on the French market, and therefore acquired a wealth of information about wine production and the art of being a wine-maker. Domaine Debray produces several wines, reds and whites, belonging to a variety of appellations including classics like Bourgogne Aligoté and Hautes Côtes de Beaune, as well as one Grand Cru, the Corton Charlemagne. The winery is extremely respectful of the soil and only picks grapes by hand; wines are vinified in French oak barrels directly on the estate.More
Guedelon Castle

Guedelon Castle

Part architectural experiment, part tourist attraction, Guédelon is a 13th-century castle being built from scratch in the 21st century. Using only medieval-era materials and construction techniques, construction started in 1997 and is set to be completed in 2023, with visitors following its progress each year.More
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Recent reviews from experiences in Burgundy

Always a good day in wine country!
Donald_P, May 2022
Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune Vineyards and Beaune Historical District
It was quite a thrill to see the plow horse tilling the soil at Rimanee Conti.
Perfect time in Maison Champy
Rolandas_A, Feb 2022
Visit of our XV° century cellars
She perfectly explained in English about all history of Maison Champy, whats the difference of wine that's produced in Burgundy.
Total package tour
DANIEL_M, Sep 2021
Half Day Tour of the Cote de Nuits Vineyards from Dijon
Not only a wine tour and a tour of the castle, but you get the chance to stop to see the actual vine plots and as part of the return, the guide takes you through the Burgundy country side.
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Hayat_B, Sep 2020
Small-Group Full-Day Tour of Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune Vineyards and Beaune Historical District
Really enjoyed trying over 12 different wines and getting to see a bit of Beaune for lunch, as well as seeing many different parts of the burgundy region.
What a great tour. Paul Chevreaux...
Thomas_R, Jun 2018
Burgundy Grand Crus Route Day Tour with 10 Wines Tastings in Family Domains
I felt I was able to see the best that Burgundy has to offer.
Excellent tour and a great value!
David_C, Jul 2022
Burgundy Bike Tour with Wine Tasting from Beaune
He is funny, easily switches between French and English and can answer about any question.
Fantastic tour! Emmanuel is the best!
Shawn_D, May 2022
Burgundy Grand Crus Route Day Tour with 10 Wines Tastings in Family Domains
It really is the best way to see things you would never be able to see on your own.
Fantastic experience - worth every penny
Colin_F, May 2022
Private excursion to Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits (full day)
We finished our last tasting a little earlier than expected, so David took us to see a local castle - such a great experience to round out the day.
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All about Burgundy

When to visit

Wine lovers flock to Burgundy throughout summer. The season’s sunny days are ideal for cycling amid the vineyards, and a string of music festivals and evening Son et Lumière (sound and light) shows are held in towns including Beaune, Sens, and Saint-Fargeau. Expect fewer crowds for the fall wine harvest, but it’s equally lively, with highlights including the Chablis Wine Festival in October and the Beaune Wine Auction in November.

Getting around

Buses and TER trains link key Burgundy towns such as Dijon, Beaune, Mâcon, and Auxerre, but you’ll need your own wheels to explore the rest of the wine region. With 1,864 miles (3,000 kilometers) of marked Burgundy bike routes, called Bourgogne à Vélo, Burgundy is a cyclist’s dream, and it’s the most scenic way to explore the vineyards. Alternatively, rent a car or, if you can’t decide on a designated driver, join one of the many shared wine tasting tours.

Traveler tips

Burgundy is one of the few French regions where you will find snails on the menu. (Spoiler alert: They aren’t as widely eaten in France as you’ve been led to believe!). Look out for escargots de Bourgogne—it’s a regional specialty cooked in a tasty garlic and parsley butter. Another must try is kir, a local aperitif made with white wine and crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur).

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People Also Ask

Is Burgundy worth visiting?

Yes, Burgundy is worth a visit. There’s much to explore, from the vineyards of Cote d’Or to the rolling hills of the Morvan Natural Park. Dive into the area’s history—with multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites—and tour its many museums, castles, and churches.

What is Burgundy, France famous for?

Burgundy France is renowned for wine and food. But there’s so much more to love about this region. Burgundy has a rich history, evidenced by an array of castles and monuments. Additionally, it’s known for the beautiful cities of Dijon (yes, of mustard fame) and Beaune (with a historic hospital).

What is the main town in Burgundy?

Burgundy boasts many towns to explore, and the largest and well-known is Dijon—the former capital of Burgundy. Known for its mustard, gingerbread, and wine, Dijon’s history goes back to 600 BC. It’s one of the oldest cities in France and is filled with plenty of historical attractions.

What food is Burgundy famous for?

Burgundy is especially famous for its red wines and beef dishes, in particular boeuf Bourguignon. In the dish, beef is stewed in wine (usually Burgundy) for flavor. Another popular dish from this region is escargots de Bourgogne, or snails cooked with butter and garlic. You’ll eat well in Burgundy.

When should I go to Burgundy?

Spring or autumn are the best times to visit Burgundy. In spring, the vineyards and fields are coated in color and you’ll enjoy warm weather and plenty of sunlight. Alternatively, October is a great time for outdoor adventurers as temperatures are still mild.

Can you visit wineries in Burgundy?

Yes, touring local vineyards is one of the most popular ways to enjoy this part of France, and it’s easy to find wine-focused tour guides in the area. Wine experiences are often combined with culinary ones. Burgundy is a must-visit for wine lovers searching for some of Europe’s best wine.


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