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
Rock of Solutré
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.
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.
Fine dining in Dijon
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.
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
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
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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