Burgundy Wine Tours

Back in the late 60s, one of our SmoothRed founders spent his first wine harvest in Burgundy. (We’d tell you who, but we don’t want to give away his age).

Working the vines of Clos Vougeot, the largest vineyard in Côte de Nuits, he soon fell in love with the region. And since then our little black book of contacts has grown steadily every year. Or should that be “our little SmoothRed book of contacts”?

Nowadays we run a range of Burgundy wine tours and self-drive tours across the whole region. From Chablis in the north to the Mâconnais in the south and the picturesque region of Beaujolais near Lyon, we can show you the finest sights and wines in all of Burgundy.

Popular places to visit

As well as its beautiful rural landscapes of farmland and vineyards, Burgundy also boasts several stunning towns and villages to visit.

Dijon is the capital of the region and has plenty to offer besides just mustard. In its medieval heart you can visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts (one of the oldest museums in France), the elegant Palais des Ducs and the exquisite Renaissance stylings of the Hôtel de Vogüé.

Beaune meanwhile is the capital of Burgundy wines. Home to over 100 kilometres of tunnels and wine cellars, this charmingly picturesque town has wine coursing through its veins, with opportunities to taste incredible Burgundy wines at every twist and turn.

The regions of Burgundy

Measuring around the same size as Belgium, Burgundy can be hard to get a handle on. So it’s easiest to think of it in terms of its distinct sub-regions, arranged in a narrow strip running south from Dijon.

Starting in the north, Chablis is known almost exclusively for its exceptional dry white wines made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. Just to the south, the Côte de Nuits is home to Clos Vougeot, Gevrey-Chambertin and some of the finest red Burgundies in the whole region. But it’s always worth checking out some of the whites they produce there too.

In the Côte de Beaune meanwhile you can taste some of the greatest white Burgundies from places like Pulingy-Montrachet, Chassange Montrachet and Mersault. But we’ll leave it to you to decide whether you prefer these to those from Chablis.

To the very south of Burgundy lie the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais. Both are known for producing somewhat cheaper reds and whites, but can still surprise with some truly excellent wines.

Vins de Bourgogne

The Burgundy region enjoys an exceptional geographical location, perfect weather for growing grapes, rich soils, renowned varietals which all combine to produce its 100 appellations that are recognized around the world.

Compared to other regions, Burgundy is actually a pretty simple region to understand when it comes to grape varieties. There are really only two main grape varieties to remember, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Red Burgundy is 100% Pinot Noir, while White Burgundy is made from 100% Chardonnay grape. Pretty simple, right?

 

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“Thanks for taking the time and trouble to call. You really have set the standard by which we compare all other companies!! Thank you so much for organising a fantastic itinerary with such an interesting and varied range of stop-overs. We are already starting to think about next year’s trip to France so would welcome any suggestions.”

Hilary Alder

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