Best Wine Holidays Burgundy, France
Everybody who loves their
wine should go to Burgundy. It's ideally located - 2 1/2
hours' drive south of Paris and only 2 hours from Paris's Orly Airport.
The beautiful rolling
countryside is some of the prettiest in France, and the town that sits at the
centre of this wine region is the Bourgogne capital of Beaune, full of history
and wine lovers.
Burgundy's cool climate
produces great red wines. The church owned the vineyards of Burgundy for nearly
a thousand years until the French Revolution in 1780, when the vineyards were
sold to workers who had tended them.
Medieval village of Blanot
If you like a little
history with your wine, you must visit the ancient village of Gevrey-Chambertin,
renowned for its quality wine since the 8th century. Chambertin gets its name
from a peasant named Bertan who owned the famous vineyard and sold grapes to the
Napoleon loved Chambertin
so much that his troops saluted the vineyard as they passed by. Legend has
it that Napoleon always took a swig of Chambertin wine before going into battle.
A famous white wine area
in Burgundy is Corton-Charlemagne, named after King Charlemagne. He
first planted the white grapes here because his wife wasn't happy about the
stains on his beard while drinking red.
Here in Burgundy,
Chardonnay is the primary grape for whites, and Pinot Noir and Gamay for reds.
The annual wine
auction in the typical French town of Beaune is "magnifique" and the restaurants
you'll find by walking down its little streets and alleyways are full of
memorable accommodation near Beaune, try the wonderul Hostellerie de Levernois,
only a few minutes out of town. This is a Relais and Chateaux property run
by the former French head of Relais and Chateaux, Jean-Louis Bottigliero and his
Photo courtesy of Hostellerie de Levernois
Hostellerie de Levernois
is set on a beautiful property with grounds, manicured lawns and the
accommodation is pure quality without being astronomically pricey.
Levernois has just opened
its lunch bistro Le Bistrot in an historic outbuilding, and the dinners in the
main building at night are so mouthwatering you'll be hard-pressed to find
anything more memorable.
Try the langoustins, a
little like a cross between a lobster and a prawn, for a traditional French
The quirky thing you'll
notice in this restaurant with its Mercedes and Ferraris parked outside is that
some of the well-heeled have their well-behaved dogs - and some them are big -
under their tables.
As for the wineries, many
are more production-orientated than the gracious restaurant set-ups you'll find
in Australia, New Zealand and the Napa Valley.
Spend at least a few days
in this gorgeous region you won't forget