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Wine Country Travel

Aug 5, 2011
Wine Country Travel
What to do, see and taste in the home of pinot noir and chardonnay.

burgundy_franceBurgundy is renowned for its sensuous and storied wines, the most famous of which are made from either pinot noir or chardonnay. Visit Burgundy, and you'll learn that these are wines to contemplate, not quaff. Great Burgundy is all about the complexities of flavor brought forth from subtle variations in the soil and hundreds of years of winemaking tradition.

When you arrive, ease into your trip with a few days of riding a barge down le Canal de Bourgogne to get a feel for the area. You can taste your way through the region as you cruise through serene countryside, hopping on and off the boat. Or just opt to be pampered onboard with world-class cuisine and, of course, fine Burgundies. Then again, given how much you're likely to consume during your trip, you might opt to bike your way through this stellar wine region.

Regardless of how you start the trip, make sure to rest up and save some space for a meal at "the abbey"--Abbey of Fontenay--an absolutely exquisite Relais & Chateau property. Established in the early 12th century, this abbey is host to timeless and enchanting buildings and grounds that complement the fantastic food.

For wine, visit Louis Jadot, the legendary negociant; and do your absolute best to secure a barrel tasting. The unsurpassable tasting experience will give you a keen feel for the impact of terroir on the production of fine wine.

For another quintessentially Burgundian experience, go to the Hospices de Beaune, a former medieval hospital for the poor that owns vineyard land. To this day, each year, the Hospice’s wines are auctioned off to support the modern hospital in town. If you visit, you can experience a tasting and tour through the architecturally stunning buildings and caves.

Are there any other Burgundy sights or tastes you know and love? Let us know about them below.




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