Pedal through history in France
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Burgundy is a famous and historical region in east-central France. Other than its long and fascinating history, Burgundy is also known for its charming towns, lovable cuisine and world-class wines.
The towns and cities of Burgundy are wonderful cultural melting pots, filled with a mixture of Romanesque and medieval buildings that will leave you awe-inspired. Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy, is home to fantastic buildings such as the Hospices de Beaune. A former Gothic hospital turned museum, the building is a fine example of 15th-century Burgundian architecture; with bright colours and a vibrant, polychrome tiled roof.
Visit Château de Germolles, a wonderfully preserved residence of the former Dukes of Burgundy. During a time when most palaces of the era had fallen into dilapidation, the Château de Germolles gives you a window into 14th-century court life in the eve of the Renaissance.
Burgundy is one of the most renowned wine regions in France. The region is famous for its dry red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes and its beautiful white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. One area that creates some of the finest ‘Grand Cru’ Pinot Noir wines in Burgundy is the Côte de Nuits. This particular wine-making area of Burgundy is famed for producing some of the most expensive wine in France; to date, the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold, at a price of £430,400, came from the Côte de Nuits.
The cuisine in Burgundy is as excellent as its wines. Many dishes, such as the famed boeuf bourguignon and delightful coq au vin, incorporate the full-bodied red wines of the region into their cooking to make beautiful gravys. Traditional entrées like Escargots à la Bourgogne, cooked in the shell with a mixture of butter, garlic and parsley, also originate from the area and are best paired with a dry white wine, such as a Chablis.
On our Burgundy’s Route des Grand Crus tour you will meander around the scenic towns and vineyards of the region; dining on divine gourmet treats and tasting the fine, vintage wines of Burgundy.Back To Blog
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