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Wine Tours from Dijon

 

Cotes de Nuits

Dijon, former capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, is a town steeped in history with a rich architectural legacy.

Lying at the gates of the famous vineyards of the 'Cote de Nuits', Dijon is one of the glories of the French gastronomic tradition, known throughout the world for its mustard, blackcurrant liqueur, gingerbread.

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Not to be missed:

* Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy
* The Musee des Beaux Arts, housed in the Palace, contains the city's great art treasures
* The impressive Guards Room contains the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy
* The bookshop is in the room that was once the palace kitchens
* Philippe Le Bon Tower. There is a magnificent view of Dijon from the top, but there is a climb of 315-steps up a winding staircase
* Rue Verrerie - a cobbled street lined with medieval half-timbered houses (and antique shops)
* Rue des Forges and its town houses
* Notre-Dame church with its famous Jacquemart clock that strikes the hours and below it, three tiers of terrifying and enormous gargoyles, rue de la Chouette (Owl) and Hotel de Vogue
* Saint-Benigne cathedral and its llth century crypt
* The former Palais de Justice (Law Courts)
* Shops selling traditional produce (mustard, creme de cassis liqueur and gingerbread)

 

 

Bottle of Burgundy

Burgundy Wine Adventures from Dijon

The most famous wines produced here - those commonly referred to as Burgundies - are red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes or white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. Red and white wines are also made from other grape varieties, such as Gamay and Aligote respectively. Small amounts of rose and sparkling wine are also produced in the region. Chardonnay-dominated Chablis and Gamay-dominated Beaujolais are formally part of Burgundy wine region, but wines from those subregions are usually referred to by their own names rather than as "Burgundy wines". Burgundy has a higher number of Appellation d'origine controlees (AOCs) than any other French region,

Monks and monasteries of the Roman Catholic Church have had an important influence on the history of Burgundy wine. The first known donation of a vineyard to the church was by king Guntram in 587, but the influence of the church became important in Charlemagne's era. The Benedictines, through their Abbey of Cluny founded in 910, became the first truly big Burgundy vineyard owner over the following centuries. Another order which exerted influence was the Cistercians, founded in 1098 and named after Citeaux, their first monastery, situated in Burgundy. The Cistercians created Burgundy's largest wall-surrounded vineyard, the Clos de Vougeot, in 1336. More importantly, the Cistercians, extensive vineyard owners as they were, were the first to notice that different vineyard plots gave consistently different wines. They therefore laid the earliest foundation for the naming of Burgundy crus and the region's terroir thinking.

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Single Day Tours from Dijon

Guided Tour with a Wine Expert

Take the TGV from Paris to Dijon where your private guide and wine expert will meet you and introduce you to wine growers where you will try a selection of wines on your visit.

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You will take the TGV from Paris at about 8:00am and arrive in Dijon where you private wine expert will pick you up at the station.

In the morning, get will get a first hand view and explanation of the prestigious Grand Cru vineyards of the Cote de Nuits while familiarizing you with the intricacies of the terroirs along the way. You'll visit of the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot
and then do wine your first tasting at a local winery with introduction to wine tasting techniques, the wine appellation system and its crus

The lunch at a local bistro in the historical city centre of Beaune. Stroll down the cobble stone roads for a visit of the Hotel Dieu, one of the oldest regional landmarks.

Pommard, Meursault and Puligny Montrachet on the southern slopes await you in the afternoon and our day will come to an end after a memorable tasting at the Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet.

Then transfer back to the train station or hotel

Simply put, an intimate sensory experience for the discerning traveler. We can of course customize the day to include specific vineyards and experiences like ballooning, horse riding or biking.

 

Exclusive and private, fully escorted with a high attention to detail, this tour includes:
* Local bilingual French English guide
* Transportation
* Lunch
* Museum entrance fees
* Wine tastings
* Round Trip TGV
* Taxes

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Upper Burgundy Multi Day Tour

The drive from Paris to the lovely town of Auxerre "Burgundy's golden gate" and start with a tasting of some Burgundy specialties. Guided tour of Autun: "City of Art and History" with Gallo-Roman monuments like the Saint-André Gate, the Arroux Gate, the Janus temple, the Roman theatre, the Couhard stone, the city's ramparts.

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DAY1: Auxerre-North Burgundy vineyards
You will leave Paris for Auxerre : "Burgundy's golden gate". First, a little snack in the shopping area to taste the famous "nonettes" (gingerbread with jam) and take a sip of the local spirit… A walk from the place St Nicolas, a charming square with its Middle-age half-timbered houses, to St Etienne cathedral, beautiful Gothic building with its 1500 years' old crypt. Off to the hills of St Bris le Vineux, a small valley covered with fruit trees.. Visit of Erik Lavallée's "Domaine de La Grand Roche" for a white wine tasting.

Lunch at the restaurant "Le St Bris", in the village centre. Fabrice and Stéphanie, natives of the soil, will serve you a traditional meal and help you choose your wine.
Pass through Irancy, a colorful wine-growing village with good red and rosé wines…     

Visit of the Bailly cellars with a Crémant de Bourgogne tasting session.
Stop at Coulanges La Vineuse and visit of the cellar : light and delicate red wines of the "Pinot noir" variety, and white wines from the "Chardonay" grape variety.

Dinner and night at Vezelay at the "Hotel de La Poste"or similar. You will have plenty of time to wander down the old streets to the Basilica, watch the night falling upon the sunken lanes of the Morvan, where vineyards have not replaced the oak trees stretching as far as you can see.

DAY2: Gevrey Chambertin-Vougeot-Aloxe Corton
Vezelay-Avallon-Precy-Vitteaux-Sombernon" : a beautiful road which will peacefully take us to Gevrey-Chambertin… The"Chambertin" wine is a very full-bodied wine ; with age it gains body and nose…Tasting session and lunch.

Vougeot : their red wines, greatly appreciated since the Middle-Ages were placed under the Lord of Clos castle's authority...A very famous wine that makes you want to celebrate !

You will discover the vineyards via small roads until you reach Aloxe Corton : All these places have evocative names and the gentle slopes are covered in vineyards… Gourmet and wine-tasting dinner

Dinner and night in Beaune at Hotel “Henri II”or similar. For a long time this was the traditional residence of the Dukes of Burgundy, as it is indeed a good place to live in : wine and art together for your pleasure

DAY3: Beaune-Chablis vineyards

Visit of the Hotel Dieu, part of the Hospices de Beaune and considered as one of the marvels of Burgundian-Flemish art. The Hotel Dieu was founded in 1443 ; it was also a hospital until 1971.

Stroll and lunch in one of France's most beautiful villages : Noyers sur Serein.
In this Early Middle-Age village, the cellars open directly onto the street ; here again, there is no doubt, you are in a wine country !

Following the Serein river, we are heading for the prestigious vineyard of Chablis. This light and dry white wine has farfetched origins, going back to the Roman empire… It's the capital of the "Basse Bourgogne" (Lower Burgundy) vineyards. Visit of cellars.

Return to Paris.

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