A Private Wine Tour to Burgundy
by Youliana Veltcheva
March 10, 2020
For wine enthusiasts, there is nothing better than taking a trip to discover Burgundy. Alluring with its small vineyards, perched on charming rolling hills and family winemaking traditions that go back several generations, Burgundy is a treasure trove for wine lovers and has wine makers with an immense love for the land and pride in their terroir. The region boasts some exceptional wines, the most remarkable cellars, each producing a unique variety of grapes and wines, tied to terroir, meticulously cultivated and reflected in the uncompromising pricing of each bottle.
For some great wine-tasting experience, you have a variety of options. A day trip to Burgundy would barely scratch beyond the surface but will still give you a good idea of the Bourgogne wine culture, pride of wine-making and the ultimate strive for best quality.
A day trip to Burgundy is not going to be complete without a visit to the beautiful Burgundy countryside. While Beaune, with its medieval abbeys and great wine tasting at the colorfully glazed medieval Hospices de Beaune is a must-see, with only 24 hours or less at your disposal, your time is best spent savoring the wine of a few authentic wine cellars and engaging in a conversations with the wine-makers to learn right from the source and feel the passion and pride of wine-making.
The best way to experience the region is to venture into the countryside and start your exploration with Cote de Beaune with its complex, rich and intense Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chassagne-Montrachet chardonnay appellations. Tasting a bottle of the white “grand cru” Montrachet is an experience a wine connoisseur would not miss. A private wine-tour of any of the cellars in the area will unveil its medieval wine-making practices and traditions, started by the monks, who divided the land in climats, small areas of land, whose boundaries were formed based on sun exposure, soil richness, and other properties to distinguish the quality of the grapes and specify the terroir of each.
Cote de Nuits, known for its prestigious Pinot Noir could also present a great private wine tour for the wine lovers. Here you will find famous appellations, such as Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin (which itself alone produces 9 grands Crus), Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint- Denis, Vougeot and Nuits-Saint-Georges.
From charming wine-making villages, steep hills, covered in vineyards to exceptional variety of grand crues, you can see both medieval architecture and some unique domains, such as Romanee Conti vineyard, known for some of the most prestigious and expensive wine, Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair, known for its rare La Romanee appellation, produced on a tiny strip of vineyard. Romanee-Conti Grand Cru, owned by Domaine de la Romanee-Conti has an average price per bottle of £11,793, with its most expensive vintage of 1990, priced at £15,702 per bottle.
Another must-see vineyard in the are is Clos de Vougeot, which is a place developed by the monks of Citeaux and currently owned by the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin
.The chateau kis gorgeous and will take your breath away.
While Burgundy is all about wine, don’t overlook its fabulous gastronomy. Sample the mouth-watering Boeuf bourguignon, covered in spices and slowly cooked in wine, the delicious escargots, or the signature Burgundian œufs en meurette (poached eggs in a wine sauce). Enjoying your private Burgundy tour has to include dining at a fine restaurant featuring gourmet local specialties so that you can experience in full the local gastronomy.
In summary, embarking in a private day trip to Burgundy is a great way to see the remarkable architecture, some excellent wine-making cellars and vineyards, as well as experience the local gastronomy. Given the fact that more than half of the world’s most expensive wines come from Burgundy, it will be the utmost pleasure to relish in the experience of wine tasting some of the area's rare and most intensely flavorful wines. Bon Appetit!