Wines: The Essential Guide to the Wines and Wine Growing Regions of
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Burgundy Wine Trail
Renowned all over the world, the wines of Burgundy contribute
at least as much as Bordeaux and Champagne to the fame that France
enjoys in matters viticultural. The area of vine cultivation begins
in the Yonne department, barely two hours from Paris. It is an
unspoilt region of traditions, charm and secret corners, where
the past still plays an important role in the present. And you
will enjoy sampling some truly great wines, both red and white.
The vineyards of Burgundy start in the Auxerrois - the area
which includes notably the Chablis district - continues southwards
from Dijon as far as Mâcon, after which Beaujolais takes over.
Geographically very drawn out and with its long-established traditions
in vine cultivation, the region produces a wide range of wines,
from ordinary wine for everyday drinking to some of the most famous
wines in the world. Burgundy is home to some of the very greatest
wines to emerge from the vineyards of France: you will never forget
the red wine of Romanée-Conti, not to mention the famous white
A brief history
A very old-established area of vine cultivation,
in which religious orders once played a major role.
The variety of different soils and the multitude
of different situations (the word used is 'climats') account for
the diversity of red and white wines produced in Burgundy.
The Burgundy vineyards are very extensive and of a rich diversity.
You could very well plan on making several short visits, each
one taking in a particular region and a separate aspect of vine
cultivation and wine production.
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