Top Reasons to Visit Burgundy in 2015
Romanée-Conti, Puligny-Montrachet, Chablis, Pouilly-Fuisse, Meursault, Pommard. These are just some of the world-class vineyards that stretch from the north to the south of Burgundy – the birthplace of pinot noir and chardonnay – and produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world. To everyone's delight, they are all easily accessible along five wine routes dotted with wine cellars, restaurants and other sites devoted to the wonderful wines of Burgundy.
Award-Winning Gastronomy The gastronomy of Burgundy, a land of "bon vivants," can be enjoyed in many different ways: in a Michelin-starred restaurant or a small country inn, by taking a cooking course or enjoying a "Fantastic Picnic” alongside the Burgundy Canal. Kir®, Charolais beef, Bresse poultry, mustard and gingerbread are plentiful. It's impossible to resist the temptation! Why try to?! Once again, TripAdvisor has selected three-star Lameloise (in Chagny) as the third best restaurant in the world and the best one in France!
A Heritage Powerhouse That Burgundy has had a long and rich history is very well known, but the diversity of its surviving monuments is not. About 30 sites bear witness to Burgundy's outstanding heritage and are considered "essential viewing": towns and villages, significant spiritual sites and chateaux, archaeological sites and landscapes. After exploring the region, it's easy to remark on and come away with one enduring sensibility: the incomparable way of life in the Burgundy region.
Burgundy by Boat Hotel-barges are the stuff of dreams – magical and peaceful perches from which to discover Burgundy and its canals. Barges operating in Burgundy offer two- to seven-day cruises during which the crews take care of everything, including meals. The vessels can accommodate between six and 24 people. Cruises are usually offered on a full-board basis and include excursions, such as visits to wine cellars and monuments, and, at times, transfers to and from Paris.
Burgundy by Bike Hop in the saddle and then take your time to stop and go, rest and explore for just a few hours or a few days! There are many good reasons to travel by bike – a vehicle that moves at the same pace as Burgundy – and take your time to enjoy life. Of course, the “Burgundy by Bike” route passes through world-renowned vineyards and is flanked by the cellars and wine houses that are all invitations to stop for lunch. A glass of Burgundy wine won’t do any harm to your cycling! The travel magazine AFAR has identified Burgundy as the best vineyard bicycle-tourism destination in the world!
Famous Names Vauban (Sébastien Le Prestre, Marquis of Vauban, 1633-1707) is particularly well known as the military architect who gave France a defensive belt of fortresses. Gustave Eiffel, father of the eponymous tower in Paris, was born in Dijon. Louis Chevrolet was born in Switzerland, but lived in Beaune when he was a young car-mechanics enthusiast; when he moved to the USA, he created his famous company. Pierre Larousse is the father of the French dictionary. Noir de Bourgogne (blackcurrant buds) are part of the composition of Chanel N°5, the most famous perfume of France.