9 Reasons to Visit Burgundy

9 Reasons to Visit Burgundy

Here's a little evidence to justify why wine lovers flock to Burgundy - and why you should, too.

  1. There's a wine for everyone. Sweet or dry...red, white, rose...sparkling or still...Burgundy has it all. We all know of pinot noir and chardonnay in Burgundy. Most of us also know of cremant - Burgundy's champagne. But Burgundy also has a sweet wine. Cassis - a sweet liqueur - is added to wines to make kir royale. A kind of wine cocktail - and it is delicious whether you love or hate sweet wine.
  2. Burgundy is home of the half a million dollar wine bottle. Just marvel at this fact. And then, see the vineyard for yourself. Unlike that $558,000 bottle that sold in 2018, Domaine Romanee-Conti is accessible to visitors. DRC's Grand Cru vineyard is just 30 minutes from both major cities in Burgundy (Dijon and Beaune). 
  3. The local cuisine includes Dijon mustard - a fabulous alternative to ketchup or ranch, Dijon mustard is fresher, spicier, and more diverse in Burgundy. You can have it however you want! Classic Dijon, strawberry flavored, cheese flavored, and more. Just like there's a wine for every palate in Burgundy, apparently there's a mustard for every palate as well.
  4. The local cuisine also includes Comte and escargot. Burgundy turns normal people into cheese people. Comte is particularly scrumptious. You can have it young and grainy or mature and smooth. Either way, comte is incredible on a planche (charcuterie board) and with any and all Burgundian wines. Similarly, escargot bourguigonne is savory with parsley, garlic, and butter. My favorite pairing with this dish is St. Veran - a Burgundian white. 
  5. The location. By train, Burgundy is an hour and a half southeast of Paris. By car, Burgundy is two hours Northwest of Lyon. It's a must-stop destination wherever you are in France. And within Burgundy itself, traveling to vineyards from north to south Burgundy is a simple bus ride or even bike ride away. Just imagine...a bike tour of Burgundian vineyards as the leaves change color in the fall season...
  6. It's geography - Imagine rolling hills of vineyards that go on for miles and miles. Tucked away in the vineyards, you'll find statues and little homes and horses and cows. Burgundy is hilly, land-locked and full of limestone and clay soils. This matters because these two soils are great for growing pinot noir and chardonnay. The hills and hills of vineyards are beautifully scenic all year round. Luscious green in the summer, budding flowers in the spring, stunning colors in the fall, and peaceful minimalism in the winter (but not snow). 
  7. The region is full of hidden gems with great value. Most people know DRC, but few know the Hautes Cotes or St. Veran. You can explore them all in Burgundy. Every wine shop and wine list full of Burgundy - Chablis to Maconnais. In addition to a wider selection of wines, you will get better wine prices - good bye export/import taxes and distribution mark ups. Fortunately, they also make shipping wine back to the U.S. from Burgundy simiple and affordable.
  8. Old city charm with modern luxuries. Among cobblestone roads and millennium old churches, you will find wine bars, spas, and golf courses. How lovely that you don't have to choose. 
  9. Time travel. 2,000 years ago, monks planted vineyards in Burgundy. Their influence remains in the vineyards, architecture, random statues between rows of vines, and museums. Burgundy has dozens of museums...wine, art, natural history...there is something for everyone. I also love that the museums in Burgundy are quite small so you can enjoy intimate experiences, time traveling through thousands of years in just a few hours.
    How does this sound to you? Luckily you know someone that lives in Burgundy...me! Send me an email (contact@carolineandvine.com) to plan your next trip. Cheers!
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