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Burgundy Province of France

Burgundy Wine

The Burgundy region produces wines of the same name, and although "Burgundy" means red, the Burgundy region produces both white wines and red wines.

The wine making region of Burgundy starts approximately 100km South of Paris and travels down to Lyon, with Beaujolais being the last district in the Burgundy wine region, which produces one of the most famous wines.

Burgundy Province

- Travel Guide
- Facts on Burgundy
- Wines from Burgundy
- Wines from France
- Expensive Wines

Burgundy Wines from France

According to regulations, they must only be made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay or Pinot Blanc to be considered true Burgundy wines, yet the most well known wines are made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties and come from the Côte d'Or.

However, viticulturally part of Burgundy are Beaujolais, Chablis, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâcon and Burgundy wines are often described as varied with complexity, yet sophisticated.

Because of historical tradition Burgundy wines are highly regarded and arguably because they transmit the flavour of the land they are sometimes classed as the most exciting wines in the world.

It is believed that the Burgundy area around Beaune has produced wine since approximately 300 AD and it was the Catholic Church that took over winemaking production in the Middle Ages.

But with the French Revolution, the vineyards were taken away from the nobility and church estates and divided between the people of the area, however, even today, you will be able to find wineries in restored monasteries.

The reputation, quality, and small numbers of production of the top wines mean high demand and high prices.  Did you know that Burgundy wines are amongst the most expensive wines you can purchase in the world?   In fact, some consumers buy the high-end wines of this region purely for speculative purposes.

One of the very rare years was 1959, which produced wine that was considered the best of the century and in 1963 some of the wine houses decided to seal and lay down over 2000 bottles of the very best Grand crus.

Within this region you will find a small town called Chablis, that uses Chardonnay grapes to make the Chablis very dry white wine and in the Beaune area, you will find the full bodied and heavy red wines that are produced using Pinot Noir grapes.

So while you are on holiday in Burgundy, do try and make the time to visit some of the unique wineries.  In fact, some places do offer tours where you can even go down into their wine cellars and get to see the old oak barrels and the vintage wines laid out ageing and why not try some wine whilst you are there?

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