Taking the Burgundy Wine Route
Burgundy is one of France’s most famous regions, known throughout the world for the richness of its soil and the excellence of its vineyards, with legendary wines such as Romanée Conti, le Clos de Vougeot and le Grands-Échezeaux...not forgetting the Chardonnay from the Chablis area. Long ago in ancient times its excellence was recognised by the Romans, who fearing competition, had a portion of the vines grubbed up and forbade new plantings. During the great invasions of the fifth century, the Burgondes who originated from the Baltic, settled in and around the plains of the Saône. The development of Christianity allowed for the consolidation of wine production with the creation of the great “domaines” around the abbeys. Some of them were to undergo huge expansion, for example Cluny, Clairvaux and of course Vezelay, from where the call to the Crusades was sent out. Today we can’t help but admire the beauty of its countryside and the beautiful colours of its vines in the autumn, hence the name of the department: la Côte d’Or (the Golden Slope).