Burgundy, a historical region nestled in east-central France. It’s famous for its Burgundy wines as well as Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, Chablis, and Beaujolais. It offers rolling green hills that are intertwined with a network of canals and dotted with grand chateaux.
It’s about as perfect for French wine, cycling and food as you’re ever going to find.
- Pommard produces a dark, dry red wine.
- Volnay makes a beautiful and elegant red.
- Meursault contributes Chardonnay grapes to create a nutty and vanilla spice white wine.
- Puligny-Montrachet develops Montrachet white wine, potentially the greatest white wine in the world.
- Santenay provides plenty of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
A “wine village” is like an adults version of Disneyland, and it’s in these places that wine comes together in particularly rich and enticing form. In 2015, Burgundy’s vineyards were granted Unesco World-Heritage status in recognition of the region’s centuries-old history of viticulture, combined with a remarkable diversity of its wine growing land.
The dishes are created with high-quality ingredients including beef from the Charolais cattle that are seen grazing in the stunning scenery throughout the region, esteemed chickens from the Bourg-en-Bresse, wild mushrooms, pigeons, boar, venison, freshwater fish, and of course snails.
Quaint independent suppliers carry on the traditions of excellence with pates, cheeses, sausages and terrines.
You only have to go to the local markets to see the vast array of produce available that’s presented with such pride. Support for the local food artisans is something that Burgundy excels in and is inspiring to the rest of the world.
Combining the gorgeous countryside and culinary expertise is Burgundies cycling routes. Burgundy boasts nearly 1000km of signposted cycling trails, the majority of which form the “Le Tour de Bourgogne à Vélo.” As you wander through wine country, this major circuit runs alongside canals, towpaths, former railways lines, and vineyards. Providing you with an overview of everything that makes Burgundy so charming.
Rivers And Canals
In Burgundy winding rivers and cycling go hand in hand. The long towpaths that run alongside the canals provide a host of beautiful, user-friendly trails that can be cycled along. At the water’s edge along the River Saone or the River Loire, cyclists and boaters paths often cross. Whether you choose to ride or sail, one thing that you’ll both agree on, is the tranquility and beauty of the setting you find yourselves in.
For the ultimate experience, you can roll through some of the most prestigious vineyards on the planet. You’ll need some big panniers to make room for the all the wine and cheese you collect on your way. The only thing you’ll have to worry about is the you’ve not had too many samples of your favourite grape juice to make it home.