October 7, 2016

burgandy3_hero This autumn, explore Burgundy. Credit: JPC24M

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 this year.

A bit about Burgundy… 

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.

Cuisery Book Market 
burgandy3_1 Search through the books at Cuisery’s book market. marnix.catteeuw

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.

The Book Market is held on the first Sunday of every month in Cuisery.   

Festival Musical des Grands Crus de Bourgogne 
burgandy3_2 Enjoy music and wine in Gevrey-Chambertin. Credit: Z'Estivales

The 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.

Fête des Fromages 
burgandy3_3 Try Burgundy’s cheeses at the Fête des Fromages. Credit: Debbi Baron

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 table.

Fundamental Course at the Burgundy Wine School


burgandy3_4 Learn the fundamentals of wine at the Burgundy Wine School. Credit: Isabel

 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.


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Travel from Folkestone to Calais in just 35 minutes and, from there, Burgundy is just a drive away. 

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