Burgundy France is one of more than two dozen regions in France famous for wine production and home to dozens of French wineries. Burgundy has major appeal and not just for Burgundy wine production; the region offers tourists a variety of activities including boat tours along canals and rivers, world class cycling, and historic Roman architecture. From an exclusive music scene that includes Cajun, Jazz, Baroque, and even Gregorian chant, to a landscape filled with incredible French cuisine, Burgundy offers the modern traveler an eclectic experience both indoors and out.
La Canal de Bourgogne (the Burgundy Canal) is the heart and soul of the region; it borders on many of the best wineries, offers some of the most scenic walking and cycling routes in France, and is famous for boat tours aboard luxury barges transformed into France hotels. Spanning more than 100 miles, the canal’s construction more than 200 years ago opened routes to some of France’s most charming villages and hamlets. It surges throughout the region alongside a collection of locks and snakes placidly in the company of French plains before arriving at the Pouilly en Auxois summit. Once an Arcadian farming region, Burgundy’s status has blossomed into a celebrated territory with waterways connecting Northern Europe to the Mediterranean.
Burgundy is one of the most renowned wine regions in the world. Burgundy wine was first introduced by vines introduced by the Romans and later fostered by Cistercian monks who created and developed the knowledge and techniques that brought Burgundy wine to the world stage. The Saône valley was explored by the Cistercians who discovered the Vouge waterways close to Nuis Saint Georges village where Clos de Vougeot was built in the 12th century. This grand cru (“great growth”) area is one of the most famous and largest within the Burgundy wine region. The ideal combination of soil and climate is the source of Burgundy red, rose, and white wines. The three main wine regions within Burgundy France are: Chablis, The Cote de Nuit, and The Cote de Beaune. Some of the most famous Burgundy wine varieties include Pinot Noir (comprising the majority of red wine from the region), Gammay, Sauvignon, Chardonay, and Aligoté, a dry white wine.
There’s no better way to enjoy a comprehensive look throughout Burgundy France than touring the canal and countryside aboard a luxury barge. Burgundy wine and French cuisine is paired perfectly, the passing scenery is exquisite, and once moored, guests can enjoy walking or cycling the adjacent paths. Burgundy’s rivers and canals exude significant charm; they are laced with vineyards, chateaux’s, and captivating medieval villages telling the tale of the region’s history and exhibiting local culture perfectly.
Thousands of years of history translate into scores of historical sites to explore including chateaux, abbeys, and Roman ruins. The birth of hot air ballooning (called Mongolfière after the brothers who created it) stems back to Burgundy and today most visitors take flight over the river valleys, canals, forests, and villages for an incredible, bird’s eye view of the Burgundy countryside. Staying in Burgundy, visitors have several accommodation options. Rental properties abound, from small cottages to sweeping estates. There are also dozens of bed and breakfasts, hotels, villas, barges, and even camping under the stars.