This autumn, explore Burgundy. Credit:
When thinking of autumn, the first thing that
comes to mind are the turning leaves. The drop in temperature whisks away the
last of summer, replacing greens with every shade of orange, brown, gold, red and
yellow. It’s a beautiful time of year, especially in Burgundy, France. Famous
the world over for its delicious wines and delectable food, Burgundy is the
ideal destinations for an autumn getaway. Here’s what you can look forward to
Located in east-central France, Burgundy is
best known for its vineyards, but it is also home to beautiful countryside,
medieval villages and countless places just waiting to be explored. Its capital
is Dijon, after which the mustard was named, and it’s home to the beautiful Parc
Naturel Régional du Morvan.
Search through the books at Cuisery’s book market.
Cuisery a small village in the Saône-et-Loire
department and it’s here that literature takes centre stage. With its multiple
book shops, frequent book-craft workshops and a dedicated book market, Cuisery has
been named a Village du Livre (Village of Books). If you’re visiting Burgundy
during autumn, the Cuisery Book Market should be on your to-do list. Held on
the first Sunday of the month, the market features multiple vendors, selling
all kinds of books. It’s the perfect place to spend a lazy autumn afternoon.
Market is held on the first Sunday of every month in Cuisery.
Enjoy music and wine in Gevrey-Chambertin. Credit:
Festival Musical des Grands Crus de Bourgogne (Music Festival of the Great Wines
of Burgundy) combines both music and wine, making for one of the region’s most
popular festivals. The festival spans five months – from June to October – with
events taking place at five locations throughout the region. Events during
September and October will be held in Gevrey-Chambertin and include jazz
performances, a wine tasting evening and musical theatre. You can buy tickets
to each individual event, so you can pick and choose which ones you attend.
Try Burgundy’s cheeses at the Fête des Fromages. Credit:
Food is a big part of French culture, no matter
where you go in France. Each region has its own unique produce and speciality
dishes and frequent food fairs are held to recognise these local flavours. September
will see the very first Fête des Fromages (Cheese Festival) take place in
Nuits-Saint-Georges. A celebration of Burgundy’s many delicious cheeses, such
as Epoisses, the Fête des Fromages includes cheese sampling, demonstrations and
a competition. Franche-Comté, Burgundy’s neighbouring region, will be a
‘special guest’ at the festival, bringing their own regional cheeses to the
Learn the fundamentals of wine at the Burgundy Wine School. Credit:
Nothing marries better with cheese than a glass
of fine wine. Burgundy’s vineyards produce some of the best wine in the world,
earning them the status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Before you make for
the nearest wine cellar, brush up on your knowledge at the Burgundy Wine
School. The school offers a whole range of classes, but the Fundamental course
is best for beginners. This half-day class includes the fundamentals of growing
grapes and making wine, an introduction to Burgundy’s wines and, most
importantly, a wine tasting session.
Burgundy with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle
Travel from Folkestone
to Calais in just 35 minutes and, from there, Burgundy is just a drive away.