My travel in Burgundy was interrupted suddenly with an accident while cycling through the vineyards. After two days in Beaune hospital with 6 broken ribs and fractured shoulder, my journey continued into the Rhone Valley. I was unable to complete my appointments with Burgundy producers but I was happy to move on. Bordeaux, Tuscany, Burgundy – these are special places to wine geeks like no other.
The town of Beaune, located 3 hour drive from Paris and 25 miles from Dijon, is a WINE TOWN. Quaint, Old World Europe with cobble streets, B&B’s and hotels, the walled village has many restaurants, wine bars and tasting rooms – a Wine-Guy paradise!
A short distance from downtown Beaune is Route des Grands Crus, 36 mile road through world famous vineyards such as Romanée-Conti and Montrachet. From Beaune riding north, Cotes de Nuit has 25 of 36 Grand Crus (primarily red). The vineyards around Beaune and riding south, Cotes du Beaune has 11 Grand Crus (primarily white).
If you enjoy Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, you should try Burgundy wine. Simply said, red Burgundy is PINOT NOIR and white Burgundy is CHARDONNAY.