Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) is a historical region in east-central France that offers some of France’s most gorgeous countryside: green rolling hills dotted with mustard fields, medieval villages and picturesque vineyards. For many wine lovers, central Burgundy’s Cote d’Or (Golden Slope) represents the anteroom to heaven. It’s famous for its Burgundy wines as well as Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay, Chablis and Beaujolais. Stay in historic Beaune and try a signature pairings: like cycling through verdant Cote de Nuits + dining at the Michelin-starred Le Montrachet, garden picnics and so much more.
• Sample the region’s fantastic wine and cheeses.
• Stay in Beaune, one of the most preserved medieval cities in the region.
• Clos de Vougeot is one of the largest vineyards in Burgundy. The Château de Clos de Vougeot is a small château built to house the wine presses needed by the Cistercian monks to make wine for their masses (the religious ceremonies, not the unwashed).
• Savour french gastronomy in Dijon.
• Rent a bicycle to tour the vineyards or ride though the countryside.
hotels we love
Nothing but the best. Browse the list below to see hotels that can feature in your bespoke Burgundy itinerary.
hotel le cep, beaune
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the hotel Le Cep is ideally situated in the heart of the historical town of Beaune. The hotel is the harmonious combination of several private mansions providing a charming setting with: comfortable lounges with piano or fireplace, a breakfast vault, 2 courtyards dating from the 16th century, a French garden, a panoramic tower, 2 conference rooms and garage with car service, a gastronomic restaurant, rated 1 Michelin star, Loiseau des Vignes, managed by the group Bernard Loiseau. Visit the hotel website.
castel de tres girard, morey saint denis
Castel de Très Girard is a place of authenticity imbued with its terroir . Today it is a residence with character , previously, however, the hotel restaurant was once a winepress dating back to the XVII century – a building where grapes were stored, then pressed to extract the juice and produce the wine.It was once a cooperative cellar, and then a private vineyard, the property was finally transformed into an inn in the 1970s. In the 2000s, the beautiful Burgundian bourgeois residence regained a certain sparkle, combining a cosy charm with modern comfort.
Les deux chevres, chevrey chambertin
Les Deux Chèvres is in the heart of the vines, but is also easily accessible from both Dijon and Beaune. Walk or cycle from the hotel into the vineyards, or through the natural forest to the Hill of Vergy, the spiritual home of Romanée-Conti.
L'Hotel de beaune
L’Hôtel de Beaune is an exceptional luxuriously restored XIXth century house with its own courtyard. Set in the heart of Beaune with 13 exclusive rooms, it offers the highest standard of comfort and service. L’Hôtel is renowned for its privacy and the personalized service it gives to guests.
abbaye de la bussiere, la bussiere-sur-ouche
With a lake and a botanical garden, the grounds of this 12th century Cistercian abbey and exude tranquillity. Beautifully restored, which incorporates frescoes discovered during the renovation of the building.
hotel le montrachet, puligny montrachet
Set in the famous Burgundy wine-producing village in the heart of the Cote de Beaune, Le Montrachet is the gateway to all the pleasures of an exceptional region. Le Montrachet offers: outstanding views, authentic cuisine, warmth and hospitality.
Marie-France has led many many luxury biking and walking tours in Burgundy as a Guide for Butterfield & Robinson. Here, she teams up with local experts on the ground, that help bring this incredible region to life.