One of France’s most famous winemaking regions, Burgundy has been producing wine since the days of Charlemagne, so the locals have had plenty of time to perfect their art of making some of the world’s finest bottles of France’s drink of choice. UNESCO has recognised such regional excellence, referring to the vineyard plots that cover the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune as “an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.”
Beaune, on the hills south of Dijon, boasts the majority of vineyards in the region, so it’s no surprise the area is often hailed as ‘the capital of Burgundy wines’. Making, selling and indeed drinking local wine is at the heart of small-town life here and, with one of the world’s largest cellars lying beneath its quaint cobbled-stone streets; an underground town inhabited by wine casks and bottles, it’s clear that the lifeblood of the community runs deep.
But if you want to explore the wonders of this winemaking region above ground, catching the train touristique from the square outside Hôtel-Dieu is an enchanting way to do so. As it makes its way around town and through the vineyards, take the opportunity to hop on and off, and stroll