Viniculure in Burgundy dates back nearly two millenia, and today the region produces some of the most expensive and most famous wine in the world. Most of the red wine is Pinot Noir, and the white is Chardonnay. Burgundy is broken down into five sub-regions: Chablis and Grand Auxerrois, Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais. Breaking down further, there are 84 AOCs, or appellations d'origine contrôlée, which is an official French certification given to wine produced in a certain terroir.
Whether you are a beginner or a full-on wino, Burgundy is an excellent destination to enrich your understanding of all things wine. There are hundreds of wineries to visit, all with a unique story and collection of wines to offer. There are plenty of tour companies to take you around, or you can rent a car and drive yourself! (Just be sure to pick someone to be designated driver). The popular path is along the Route des Grands Crus, a 60km path through the heart of this beautiful region in France.
There is much to do in the region in addition to vising wineries. You can spend time in historic cities like Dijon and Beaune, or visit the majestic châteaus throughout the countryside.
What is the best way to get to Burgundy? We took the Eurostar from London to Paris, but you can also fly. From there, you can either rent a car and drive roughly 3.5-4 hours, or take the high speed TGV train to Dijon. We took the train, and then rented a car in Dijon right at the train station.
You can read all of our tips and recommendations from Dijon, Beaune, and the Burgundy countryside here.
Wineries to Visit
Château Marsannay is located about 20 minutes south of the heart of Dijon and is a great spot to enjoy a tour of their wine caves as well as a wine tasting. Situated in Côte de Nuits, Château Marsannay makes some beautiful Bourgogne reds and whites. On the tour, you get to learn about the history of the wine and more about the various regions and terroir of the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune as well as enjoy multiple tastings. They also take you down into the Cistercian style cellar of the castle, where the barrels are stored.
We thoroughly enjoyed our private tasting at Domaine D’Ardhuy, located in Côte de Beaune. The winery is family-run, since the late 1940’s. We tasted in the tasting room then went down into the old cellar to take a closer look at the barrels and aging process. The domaine itself is stunning to look at - exactly what you would expect in Burgundy!
Château de Corton Andre
With a colorful and ornate tiled roof, Château de Corton Andre is not to be missed on your tour of Burgundy. Located in Côte de Beaune, this winery’s seven hectare vineyard extends across multiple appellations and produces delicious wine.
Domaine Chandon de Briailles
Off the beaten wine tasting path in Savigny-les-Beaune, we had a lovely time wine tasting with one of the winemakers, Francois, at Domaine Chandon de Briailles. We tried many wines that ranged in age and all were amazing. This small family-run winery produces down to earth wines that truly embody the traditional glass of Burgundy.
Tips: You can also rent a nice apartment on this property; see our full Burgundy trip writeup here.
We didn't visit the following, but they come highly rated.
- Gérard Quivy
- Domaine Patrick Clémencet
- Maison Capitain-Gagnerot
- Domaine Pierre Glantenay & Fils
Booking Winery Tours and Tastings
For any tours or tastings in Burgundy, be sure to make an appointment in advance to schedule a time. Some of the wineries are quite small and therefore, they are not usually open during regularly scheduled hours. Here is one site we used to help book tastings in advance.
You can also book a tour by bike, which will take you through vineyards and to a wine tasting. We used Bourgogne Evasion, which was a lot of fun!