Join us on our Burgundy Wine Routes!
Ah!, the famous Burgundy wine region located in the valleys of the Saône, an offshoot of the well-known Rhône, with its picturesque villages and distinct climate. The most famous wines made here are dry red wines (Pinot Noir) and dry white wines (Chardonnay) Other grape varietals are found as well, such as Gamay and Aligoté and so are some rosés and sparkling wines (Crémant de Bourgogne). However, its supersexy star remains Pinot Noir which willingly takes center stage. (Remember the movie Sideways and its adulation of Pinot?). Burgundy has become known for being the best land in the world for producing both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Burgundy (or Bourgogne in French) has a higher number of AOCs (appellation d’origine contrôlée) than any other French region and takes great pride in its Grand Cru vineyards, the highest level of classification in the region. After all, Burgundy can boast having the most expensive wines in France (think Romanée-Conti)!
Defining vineyards by their terroir is of utmost importance in Burgundy and has existed since medieval times when monasteries were key in developing the industry. Terroir is a sense of place, it means that when you drink a wine, you should taste the region where the wine was made. Most simply, terroir is the concept that the land from which the grapes are grown conveys a unique quality that is specific to that single vineyard. The premier region of Burgundy is the aptly named Cote D’Or (Golden Slope) where the wine may as well be liquid gold! Vineyards are often very small holdings, measuring a few hectares each, but the wine makers try their best to reflect their terroir in the bottle. The region is dotted with many small but world-famous appellations – Gevrey Chambertin, Montrachet, Chambolle-Musigny, and Vosne Romanée are just a few.
Bonne Cuvée Wine Tours will be in the Bourgogne region, our home base will be in spectacular Dijon where we will challenge ourselves to get to know Pinot and its other siblings for an unforgettable week!
Our Burgundy Tour is scheduled for April 19 to 25, 2020