Burgundy

Burgundy’s wine environment

Take some time off to visit the expansive wineries and take in the scenic vineyard views around Bourgogne. Prepare for a wine tasting adventure and enjoy the rich wine culture Bourgogne has to offer.

Travel from Chablis to the Maconnais region, pass through the vineyards of the Cote de Nuits, Auxerre, or the Cote Chalonnaise and discover the landscape whose individual and unique areas of vineyard (known as climats) were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. Nearly 4000 wineries work in the vineyards of the climats and many will invite you to take part in a complimentary wine tasting experience.

Well suited to the production of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape varieties, the Bourgogne vineyards offer a large diversity of wines to choose from. Let yourself get seduced by the diversity and elegance of some of these wines.

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Your tour should cover the following wine yards:

Chablis

Immerse yourself in the world of Chablis wines with their distinct rich aromas and smooth taste.

The Chablis wine region is in the northern part of the Bourgogne region in the Yonne department between Paris and Beaune—nearest town is Auxerre (20km).

Chablis wines go through two key stages; the harvesting stage and the process of vinification (vinifying and wine ageing) to guarantee quality and ensure the character of Chablis wines remain distinct.

Harvests take place between September and October to ensure a desired degree of ripeness (right balance between juice acidity and sugar content) with the Chardonnay varietal. Manual and machine harvesting are deployed. Join in the fun during the manual harvesting by picking grapes with your hands.

Vinification covers winemaking procedures of mechanical, microbiological or biochemical processing. Next is the process of alcohol fermentation which lasts about three weeks at low temperature (between 15-18 degrees Celsius). A secondary fermentation process called malolactic fermentation is then triggered (a majority of Chablis wines undergo secondary fermentation) in which lactic bacteria convert malic acid naturally present into lactic acid. This process is done to reduce the wine acidity. Next is the ageing process; carried out either in vats or barrels depending on the desired wine type. Chablis wines age till March 15th of the next year after harvest. Blending is then done to achieve balance.

Cote de Nuits

Discover the prestigious vineyard of the Cote de Nuits only a short drive away from Dijon. There you will find the domination of the grape variety called Pinot noir which grows on slopes facing southeast.

Stroll around the vineyard to get a feel of how the magic happens and step within the cellars to feel such serenity and silence where the oak barrels are stacked. Within these cellars, wine growers produce nectar still believed to be one of the world’s best red wines.

Cote de Beaune

Cote de Beaune is the southern neighbour of the Cote de Nuits. The Cote de Beaune vineyard produces famous soft and more feminine red wines and dry white wines.

Cote de Beaune is recognised for producing great aging wines, such as red wines made from Pinot noir like Volnay and Pommard and white wines like Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet or Puligny-Montrachet.