The wines from the famous vineyards of the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits are now listed as Word Heritage with UNESCO.
Burgundy is one of the most famous and influential wine-growing regions in the world. The first vines were introduced by the Romans, and later the industrious Cistercian monks developed the techniques and knowledge required for much larger scale production.
As the monks began to explore the region of the Saône valley, they came across the stream of "Vouge" near the town of Nuits Saint Georges, it was here that they built the Clos de Vougeot and began planting vines of the south-east-facing slopes of the Côte de Nuits.
The monks knew the climate and soil were exactly what was required to grow grapes, all the ingredients were there to begin the incredible adventure of Burgundy red, white and rosé wines. History has proved that they were right.
Wine tours and visits
There are so many possibilities for visiting the local wineries and tasting their wines, you'll be overwhelmed with choices when you're here. If you're cruising on a hotel barge they will of course include at least one excursion for the wine enthusiasts. Although there are very few vines along the Burgundy Canal, you'll soon be surprised how close they are and how many vineyards there are.
You'll be able to visit small family-owned and independent "vignerons", there are also the larger houses such as Patriarche Pere & Fil. Whatever you choose, there are hundreds of kilometres of wine cellars, millions of bottles and a multitude of different wines to enjoy (with moderation).
The great Burgundy vine-yards
Côtes de Nuits
- Gevrey Chambertin
- Nuits Saint Georges
- Clos de Vougeot
Côtes de Beaune
- Aloxe Corton
- Chassagne Montrachet
- Puligny Montachet
- Savigny les Beaune
The vineyards do not suddenly stop but continue towards the south following the river Saone and Rhone Valley, they then become the regions of Chalonais, Maconnais and Beaujolais…
There are hundreds of square kilometres of vines in Burgundy, you can taste wine in almost every village. There are also tourist routes such as the "Route de Grand Cru" which will take you through some of the most interesting areas.
The Côtes de Nuits & Cotês de Beaune
As you can see, the vineyards of the Cote de Nuits and Cote de Beaune begin to the south of Dijon, moving south-westwards following the valley made by the river Saône. They will then join the Chalonaise, Maconaise, Beaujolais and finally the Cote du Rhone vines. Although there is no real production of wine alongside the canal, some people have begun to introduce Bio wines in fields which produced wines for many years. For example, near the small village of Malain a few miles from Dijon there is a production of sparkling Cremante white wine
The Chablis region in northern Burgundy
In northern Burgundy, you will find the well-known dry white wine vineyards of Chablis, which is always a Chardonnay grape. Located near the town of Tonnerre along the canal, you have the lesser-known red wines of Irancy.