When you think of Burgundy, the region in central France, your mind may go immediately to wine. It’s understandable: some of the country’s most famous — and best — wines come from the vineyards and historic vintages in the region.
The regulatory mechanisms and the economic life of the site were structured under the leadership of the cities of Dijon and Beaune, centres of political, cultural, religious and commercial power. The Ducal Palace of Dijon, the Hospices of Beaune and the Clos de Vougeot Chateau represent the tangible trace of these powers. A still active coherent geo-system was gradually set up, consisting of three complementary elements: the vineyards with the wine villages; Dijon, pole of political and regulatory power, as well as scientific and technical support centre; and Beaune, the centre of the wine trade.
1. It’s the birthplace of Dijon mustard
Mustard originally came to France with the Romans, who established a tradition of grinding the seeds with a cannonball, then mixing them into white vinegar.
The place that helped give rise to the multi-billion dollar mustard industry is Burgundy’s capital city of Dijon
3. It’s the birthplace of the Eiffel Tower (sort of)
The Eiffel Tower in Paris is one of the world’s most famous landmarks and tourist attractions, but its namesake wasn’t born in the City of Light. Gustave Eiffel was born in Dijon in 1832, and in 1879 founded the company that would design his namesake tower (Eiffel also contributed to the design of the Statue of Liberty).
4. Burgundy has the largest navigable river network in France
There are more than 1,000km (621 mi) of sailable rivers and canals in the Burgundy region, passing through scenic towns, lush, green landscapes, and historic communities in the area.
Hospice de Beaune
Also known as Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune to locals, the Beaune Hospices used to be an almshouse in the 15th century and was used as a hospital for the poor people of the region recovering from the Hundred Years’ War. It was actually used as a fully functioning hospital until the late 1970s; it now houses a museum and a major charity wine auction every November.
The culinary heritage of Bourgogne will impress even the most discerning gourmets and connoisseurs of French cuisine. In addition to unique wine treasures, national cuisine features an abundance of very interesting treats; recipes of latest have remain unchanged for more than one hundred years. The best grapes are grown in Bourgogne. Numerous amazing holidays are devoted to the national drink.
Best Villages in Burgundy
Cluny has a marvelous reputation as it keeps the remains of a Benedictine Abbey founded in 910. That was the most massive building in the Christian world at the time, representing a center of the religious order, but was majorly destroyed in French Revolution.
As it seems, Vezelay is one of France’s and Europe’s prettiest villages, with Basilique Ste-Madeleine, claimed to house relics of Mary Magdalene, situated there. The village remained intact of modern times, with many medieval roads, 16th and 17th-century houses and fairy-like courtyards. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pommard is a small village most popular for numerous vineyards. With 18th-century church characterizing the place, it offers absolute dream for all relaxed-vacation lovers. It should be a village of choice for all wine enthusiast and those who want to learn all about this precious beverage.
This (quite large for Burgundy standards) village represents a vibrant area in a somewhat sleepy Cote d’Or. What drives people here is the fact that Meursault is famous for white wine production and many tourists come during the Paulée de Meursault in November.
A hilltop village actively visited by tourists and therefore listed as one of the most famous in Cote d’Or. With 12th century chateau and such positioning, it is a fairy-like place that offers bliss.