With breathtaking landscapes, historic villages and some of the world's finest wines, it's also a region that Hosted Villas knows well – some of our staff have lived, worked and even raised children here!
Burgundy offers an incredible array of other attractions apart from its wines. While the Romans built the first important settlements here, Burgundy's prosperity blossomed after 1000AD when the great cathedral at Cluny became a key center of Christianity. The Church’s patronage attracted the greatest sculptors, architects and scholars of the Middle Ages who, in turn, created a rich cultural legacy.
The monks left an even more valuable legacy – wine production, which became the foundation of the enormous power of the Dukes of Burgundy. By the 14th century, Burgundy controlled much of northern France and the Low Countries from its capitals at Dijon and Beaune. Flemish artistic and architectural influence are evident today throughout the region, most notably at the famous Hospice de Beaune. Roger van der Weyden’s world-renowned polytych, Last Judgment, housed at the Hospice, offers a horridly vivid depiction of the afterlife, complete with dragons, demons and saintly cherubs and is not to be missed. Dijon, famous for its mustard, also boasts a beautiful historic shopping district and several excellent museums.
As gorgeous as its towns are, what we love most about Burgundy is the stunning countryside – a gently rolling landscape carpeted with vineyards and fields of poppies and sunflowers. Tiny country lanes zigzag through the vineyards and offer some of the best cycling or walking in all of France. Villages dot the landscape every few kilometers, providing a good excuse to stop at the local café or bistro. Serious gourmets will find more Michelin stars in Burgundy than in any other region outside of Paris.
And if you like wine (especially pinot noir), Burgundy is heaven on earth. Driving through the famous Côte d’Or wine villages is like reading a "Who’s Who" of the greatest French appellations: Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée... Be prepared to take your time discovering the region – people are passionate about their wines and love to share their wisdom with you.
Gateway airport: Paris, Charles de Gaulle.
From Paris, Dijon and Beaune are just over 1 hour by the TGV (high-speed train) with some departures direct from Charles de Gaulle airport.