Your perfect guide to discover Burgundy, France

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Are you planning a trip to the renowned Burgundy wine region of France, aiming to savor some of the region’s prestigious Grands Crus? Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned traveler, our passionate wine enthusiasts at Winalist have crafted the perfect itinerary for you. It’s designed to help you maximize your upcoming wine journey in Burgundy. Prepare to be blown away when you discover that some of the best wineries in France are nestled right in this region.

Best way to explore Burgundy in 3-4 days

Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a casual enthusiast, the Burgundy wine region absolutely deserves a spot on your bucket list. There are several ways to explore this vibrant area. You might choose to stay in one of the region’s major cities, such as Beaune or Dijon and join a chauffeured day tour (details below), or perhaps rent a car in Beaune and navigate the picturesque Burgundy wine route yourself. If you’re still undecided, keep reading.

The primary tourist route of Burgundy, affectionately known as the “Grands Crus Route”, is user-friendly and easy to traverse. As you set out from Dijon – the route’s starting point – you’ll be guided by brown-colored signs scattered along the path. These signs will lead you to the best Burgundy wineries and the region’s most charming villages. Owing to their ubiquity, you won’t miss the two key wine-growing sub-regions of Burgundy vineyards: Côte de Nuit (North of Beaune) and Côte de Beaune (South of Beaune). We’ve also put together an interactive map for your convenience. It’s designed to fit right in your smartphone, ensuring you have all the information necessary for your journey.

Start with visiting Dijon

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Kickstart your journey in Burgundy by delving into the historic charm of Dijon, often celebrated as the capital of the region. Fondly referred to as “the city of a hundred bell towers,” Dijon’s impressive assembly of churches has lent it this nickname. The city’s globally acclaimed gastronomy has been a strong magnet for tourists. From the alluring aroma of gingerbread, the tangy crème de cassis, the refreshing kir to the unmistakable Dijon mustard, the culinary delights of Dijon have never fallen short of pleasing the palate.

Reaching this gastronomic haven is a breeze with a quick 2-hour high-speed train ride from Paris (book your tickets here). Alternatively, a 3-hour drive will also bring you into the city. While it’s possible to stay for a night or two, we strongly recommend setting up your base in Beaune for greater ease of access.
Don’t miss out on visiting the Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy in the capital of Burgundy during your trip. This prominent edifice, inclusive of the former medieval ducal residence and the 17th-century Palace of the States of Burgundy, was designed to enhance the king’s power. Follow this up with a tour of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon nestled in the city’s heart. As one of France’s oldest and most valued museums, it surely is a sight to behold.

Embark on a leisurely stroll through the Arquebuse Botanical Garden, which showcases roughly 3,500 species of botanical plants hailing from both Burgundy and across the globe, meticulously spread across more than 5 hectares of lush greenery.

Discover our guide to the best things to do in Dijon with the essential places not to be missed. Take advantage of your first day to book one of the wine tours and tastings in Dijon that will delight you.


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Your adventure through the enchanting Burgundy wine countryside could take an exciting turn as you embark on a picturesque drive around the Côte de Nuits. This region is renowned as the most prestigious and picturesque wine-producing area for Pinot Noir in the world. It has gained global acclaim for its exclusive wines, including notable appellations such as Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis, Vougeot and Nuits-Saint-Georges.

Stop at Domaine Quivy for a discover of the best wine of the area, book your next experience now:


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While naming this village, one might immediately think of the famous Clos de Vougeot. Stop by the Maison de Vougeot to discover the history and wines of the village ! The estate is owned by the famous Jean-Charles Boisset family that you might know in California through the iconic wines of Buena-Vista, Raymond Vineyards and many others Napa Valley wineries.


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Renowned for its exquisite wines, the quaint town of Nuits-Saint-Georges, with a population of 5,000, boasts an array of prestigious wine estates. Immerse yourself in a blending session at La Verrière Louis Bouillot, a stunning winery redesigned with an Art Nouveau stained-glass roof! Secure your spot now to enjoy an unparalleled experience at one of Nuits-Saint-Georges’ wineries!

Stay in the beautiful Beaune city

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Set your sights on Beaune, a picturesque town blossoming with beauty, located just an hour south of Dijon and two hours north of Lyon by train. Immerse yourself in the charm of this Burgundy town, boasting a rich mix of historical and architectural treasures, rightfully earning its title as the capital of Burgundy wines. We encourage you to stay a few days, allowing ample time to explore the city and take day trips to the surrounding wineries.

On your must-visit list should be the Hôtel-Dieu, a breath-taking 15th-century hospice that showcases the intricacy of Gothic architecture and stunning tapestries. Join the locals at the vibrant Saturday market in Beaune, a smorgasbord of stalls selling fresh produce, local cheeses, and handmade crafts. For those passionate about history, a visit to the medieval ramparts and the impressive Beaune Cathedral is a must. Want to find out more? Check out our comprehensive guide to the best things to do in Beaune.

In addition, Beaune is home to several famous wine cellars and tasting rooms. Experience the flavor of the region’s famous Burgundy wines firsthand. Begin your wine tour with some of the best wineries in Beaune, like the renowned Maison Jaffelin. It’s time to book your next visit!

Visit Château de Pommard

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Established in 1726, Château de Pommard is a prominent wine estate in Burgundy. It’s the perfect place to immerse yourself in an exceptional Pommard winery tour and tasting experience. Now owned by the Carabello-Baum family, this estate has transformed into an iconic location for discovering the unique flavors of Pommard wines. Elevate your wine appreciation experience by sipping on some Pommard selections while soaring over the Burgundy vineyards in a hot-air balloon!

Just a stone’s throw away is the Armand Heitz Winery, a family-owned estate where you can sample a broad variety of white and red wines. These stem from their prestigious vineyards in the Côte de Beaune, including Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet, and Saint Aubin, among others.


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Welcome to the world of Chardonnay and extraordinary white wines. Meursault is a village renowned for being the backdrop of several scenes from the classic French war comedy, “La Grande Vadrouille”. A timeless piece of cinema, it is a movie that every French-native over the age of 30 will recognize.

In Meursault, you’ll have the opportunity to explore a less-known winery, the Marguerite Carillon Estate. Established in 1954, this estate carries a long-standing tradition of producing their wines through sustainable viticulture. The winemaking process follows the traditional methods of the Burgundy region, conducted in a classic style. An impressive feature to witness is all stages of the process being facilitated by gravity, a sight sure to captivate those unfamiliar with it. Don’t hesitate, book your visit today!


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Nestled to the west of Meursault, at the base of a circle of towering cliffs, Saint-Romain is the ideal launchpad for hikes to ancient historical sites or scenic vineyard tours.

Situated at the foot of a lofty mountain, Saint-Romain provides you with an elevated viewpoint over the Côte de Beaune. The stunning panorama that unfolds before you covers an extensive view of the nearby regions. Historical experts proclaim that this quaint village and its surrounding areas have been a cradle of human civilization since the Neolithic age.

When you visit the Château de Saint-Aubin, seize the opportunity to discover the exquisite wines of Maison Prosper Maufoux in the midst of a wine producing region with a history that spans thousands of years. This structure bears witness to over 300 years of history while providing the amenities and contemporary comfort you desire. Reserve your unique experience today.


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Last but not least, soak in the allure of a quintessential French village, complete with its scenic streets and charming cafes. Venture to the top-notch Mercurey wineries, like the celebrated Château de Chamirey. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to embark on an incredible vineyard tour in a 4WD, capped off by a tasting of spectacular wines.

Best hotels to stay in Burgundy

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In Burgundy, you will find magnificent hotels offering luxury, charm, and an exceptional culinary experience. Here is a selection of the 5 best hotels in the region:

  • La Côte Saint-Jacques (Joigny): This hotel offers a large spa with panoramic views of the park and the Yonne. The rooms are elegant, and the establishment has a renowned gourmet restaurant.
  • Hostellerie de Levernois (Levernois, Côte-d’Or): Located near Beaune, this beautiful building offers a peaceful setting in a six-hectare park. It offers spacious rooms and suites as well as a Michelin-starred gourmet restaurant.
  • Le Relais Bernard Loiseau (Saulieu, Côte-d’Or): This 32-room hotel pays homage to Burgundian tradition and houses the restaurant La Côte d’Or, two stars in the Michelin Guide. It also offers an impressive spa.
  • Château de Courban: Located between Troyes, Dijon, and Chablis, this castle transformed into a 4-star hotel offers Michelin-starred Burgundy-Japanese cuisine. You can find a Nuxe spa there!
  • Maison Lameloise (Chagny, Saône-et-Loire): A bourgeois residence with a rich history, its restaurant has been in the Michelin Guide since 1900. The rooms are comfortable and elegant, and the Michelin-starred chef offers exquisite cuisine.

These hotels offer a unique experience in Burgundy, combining luxury, comfort, and culinary excellence. They are perfect for a romantic getaway or an unforgettable gastronomic stay.

Best places to eat in Burgundy

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Gastronomy and fine local food is also something you should make time to experience on any getaway in the region. You might sample some delicious Boeuf bourguignon, gently cooked in red wine and select spices, and enjoy fine local specialities such as famous escargot (snails) or another signature Burgundian dish, œufs en meurette (poached eggs in a rich red wine sauce). A gastronomic paradise for foodies and oenophiles alike!

Some of the top restaurants in Burgundy include:

  • Maison Lameloise*** in Chagny, which has been awarded three Michelin stars for its impeccable cuisine and elegant dining experience.
  • Another standout is Le Montrachet in Puligny-Montrachet, known for its creative and refined dishes that perfectly complement the region’s famous white wines.
  • For a more casual yet equally delicious meal, head to Ma Cuisine in Beaune, a cozy bistro serving up classic Burgundian fare with a modern twist.
  • Other must-visit restaurants in Burgundy include La Côte Saint Jacques in Joigny and Bernard Loiseau** in Saulieu, both of which have earned multiple Michelin stars for their exceptional cuisine and outstanding service.

Additionally, many wineries in Burgundy offer meal experiences that pair their wines with delicious local dishes, providing a unique opportunity to savor the flavors of the region in a beautiful vineyard setting: