Synonymous with good living, the Burgundy region is home to some of the finest wines in the world, and top-quality cuisine to match. Take your seat at the table of La Côte Saint-Jacques in Joingny, or at William Frachot’s restaurant in Dijon, Burgundy’s capital, for an unforgettable dining experience. Visit the region’s world-renowned vineyards to sample its namesake Burgundy wine (as well as superb pinot noirs, Chardonnay, Chablis and Beaujolais). If you get tired of eating (highly unlikely), use the extra fuel to climb the natural prehistoric Rock of Solutre and stroll along the peaceful meanders of the Saone,
the key tributary to the Rhone. Meanwhile, Burgundy’s bucolic countryside and rolling hills lend themselves to outdoor pursuits aplenty, including cycling, hiking and boating along the criss-cross network of canals.
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The vineyards of Burgundy have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status in recognition of the region’s enduring viticulture (winegrowing), and are ready to welcome any keen oenophiles (wine lovers) with open arms. Tour the Château De La Greffière and Maison Maurice Gavignet wineries to learn about the production process and how to select the best food and wine pairings. Burgundy’s attractive capital, Dijon (of mustard fame), boasts Renaissance architecture and a pedestrian-friendly centre, making it perfect for strolling around after sampling some French fare.
While gastronomic indulgence is certainly the focus, Burgundy holidays aren’t short of man-made marvels either. There are ancient monuments like the Hospices de Beaune, Cluny Abbey, and the Abbey of Fontenay to discover, along with modern-day events like the Charolais Festival in Saulieu (dedicated to the Charolais cow) and the bustling Louhans Poultry Market. End each day in your own little hotel haven complete with old stone walls, a large crackling fireplace and a mountain of warm, cosy blankets for the ultimate indulgent getaway.