"A Wine Lover's Paradise"
Burgundy is a foodie heaven, a wine lover's paradise and an ideal setting for that French countryside vacation you've been dreaming about. From gourmet feasts in Michelin starred restaurants and wine tasting in some of the world's most famous cellars to horseback riding and simply getting away from it all, this rural and villagey region of France has a lot to offer travelers looking for a fine time without the fuss.
Here are but a few delicious and fun tips to make the most of any Bourguignon visit:
Wine and Dine One Glass at a Time
Situated in the heart of Beaune, the upscale but laidback capital of the Burgundy wine region, Michelin-starred Loiseau des Vignes is famous for being the first restaurant in Europe to offer an entire list of wines by the glass, with close to 70 different wines, a number of which cannot be found for sale anywhere else anymore. The food's great too obviously, and the cheese board is a strong contender for the best in France!
Explore the Vineyards in a Vintage 2CV Citroen
With years of experience in the wine trade and the right wheels for a top down and thoroughly French cruise through the vineyards around Chablis, Eric Szablowski of Au Coeur du Vin offers guided tours and more in his vintage 2CV Citroen.
Sparkling Shopping Bargains
What's often quite as good but a whole lot cheaper than a quality bottle of vintage Champagne? Crémant de Bourgogne, Burgundy's own sparkling wine. Each year, over 1.6 million bottles are exported, twice that of ten years ago. Crémant is made according to the traditional ‘Champagne method’ or but retails much more reasonably in the shops. One winemaker offering an impressive range of amazing wines including their own top notch crémant at very affordable prices plus informative and fun “five senses” tour of their cellars is Maison Bouchard Aine et Fils.
Location Location Low Price
There are certainly a lot of accommodation options in Burgundy. Five star hotels, cottages, au château, roadside motels, camping – there's something for everyone. One solid, budget friendly option in Beaune with service as you might expect from an American style hotel group is the Best Western Hotel Henry II. Nothing fancy but perfectly adequate and comfortable and within walking distance from everything in Beaune's town center.
photo: Chris Osburn