The Best of Burgundy

The_Best_of_Burgundy_hero Get lost down the pretty streets of Beaune before a wine tasting Credit: Artur Staszewski

Known for its gorgeous wines, scenic towns and rolling countryside, Burgundy in east-central France is a brilliant place to visit. Whenever I take my family on holiday, I like to take them to an area with plenty to see and do, so that the kids don’t get bored. Personally, I love Burgundy in the autumn during the wine harvest, but due to its pretty countryside and wealth of activities, it’s beautiful all-year-round.


The_Best_of_Burgundy_1 Trek to the top of the Rock of Solutré. Credit: Mark Goebel
Rock of Solutré 

In the depths of southern Burgundy, the Rock of Solutré juts abruptly out of the landscape. Standing proudly at 495-metres high, it’s thought that the rock has been of great importance since prehistoric times, when it was used as a site to hunt bison and reindeer. I love walking through the Mâconnais vineyards surrounding the rock and, unsurprisingly, the best views can be found at the top. Luckily for me, my family don’t mind a bit of a hike! That said, it’s easy enough to reach the summit in under an hour, and on a clear day you might even see the Alps. 

The_Best_of_Burgundy_2 Explore the dusty wine cellars of Beaune. Credit: xlibber
Wine tasting in Beaune

While great wines can be found throughout much of Burgundy, it’s said that the best are around the town of Beaune, Burgundy’s wine capital. With such a reputation, the town has its fair share of wine tasting cellars, but there are a few that stand out. Domaine Rion is a family-run winemaker, with a brilliantly-dusty cellar filled with barrels. With eight hectares of land, their wines are made in the Côte de Nuits wine region, where they create wines such as Clos de Vougeot, a Grand Cru with cherry and black currant aromas. Visit Domaine Rion from Monday to Saturday and enjoy a tour and tasting in their atmospheric cellar.

The_Best_of_Burgundy_3 Check out Dijon’s architecture while enjoying its vibrant restaurant scene. credit: Pug Girl
 Fine dining in Dijon and beyond 

When visiting Burgundy and appreciating the region’s wines, it seems only natural to explore the fine dining available across the capital, Dijon. Whether you’re looking for a romantic meal for two, or a grand French feast, there are countless restaurants to discover.

In the centre of Dijon, Le Bouchon du Palais is famous for serving up exquisite culinary delights from Lyon. Serving up traditional Lyonnaise food, this bouchon is a wonderful place to visit if you love a hearty French meal. With a bustling atmosphere, I usually book ahead before visiting as the restaurant can get a little busy. While the menu is full of rich, flavoursome dishes, the coq au vin can’t be missed!

A little further afield, La Ferme de la Ruchotte is a rustic farm, found in the middle of the Burgundy countryside. Using organic home-grown produce La Ferme serves a set menu featuring a starter, main course, cheese and dessert, the owners, Frédéric and Eva Ménager, are a delight and welcome guests with open arms, and they’re incredibly helpful and informative, offering a specially-selected wine list.

Forêt des Bertranges 

After all that food, you might want to get a little exercise. The second-largest oak forest in France, the Forêt des Bertranges is a beautiful place to visit, especially in autumn when the leaves are changing. Near to the pretty commune of La Charité-sur-Loire, the forest is vast, covering about 10,000 hectares, and there are countless walking and hiking routes to explore. I love to go mushroom picking with my family, and my kids love to spot deer and other wildlife. You’re not limited to walking, as there are horse riding and cycling opportunities throughout the forest.

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