"A Glass of Wine and Thou" Bourgogne by firechick

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Great place for a romantic getaway

The Bourgogne region is a wonderful wine-producing area (Burgundy) with gorgeous small towns, filled with caves and degustations (wine storing caves and wine tasting).

In between Dijon (yes of the famous mustard) and Beaune lie a string of towns along the 'Route des Grands Crus'. Here lie some of the best vineyards in the country and the highest concentration of 'Grand Cru' vineyards (higest quality wine) in France (according to the tourist literature anyhow). Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits-St-Georges are the major towns, but many small ones in between have their own appellation.

We went here in early October (first week) with another couple as a birthday getaway weekend. (It was birthday time for both of us girls in the couples). We all fell in love with the area's food and wine, as well as the beauty of the well-preserved villages. Many churches and buildings here date from the 12th century. It is a magical area, but also one where you should be armed with a strong will or a big budget. You will be tempted again and again by delicious food and wine. We brought many bottles home with us and spent far too much on fabulous multi-course lunches and dinners - never at the same place twice.

Fall is the perfect time to visit this area, as it is the wine harvest. In late September or early October there are all kinds of local festivals going on where you can drink freshly pressed grape juice and party with the locals. And watch out - when the grape pickers come into town with full carts, they are partying and tossing smashed up grapes on to cars and pedestrians! Loads of fun.

We stayed in Gevrey-Chambertain and also spent time in the towns of Nuits-St-George and Fixin (where we hiked through the vineyards to get to a local harvest festival).

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great wine (duh), food and scenery
  • Cons:You will spend too much money, no matter what you think!
  • In a nutshell:Fabulous
  • Last visit to Bourgogne: Oct 2001
  • Intro Updated May 30, 2003
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