Welcome to Burgundy
A visit to central France's historic Burgundy region is all about vineyard-dotted hills, gourmet French food, and lots of wine. Known as one of the country's most prolific wine-making regions, Burgundy has 100 appellations—more than any other part of France—and there are 25 red grand cru wines produced there. However, most of the region's wines are, surprisingly, white, including the famous Chablis. With so many world-class wines to navigate, it helps to have a guide to make sense of it all on wine tours of Burgundy, many of which include samples of some of France's best vintages and stops at historic wine cellars. Private, small-group, and bike tours are available, too, with select options giving visitors special access to Burgundy's grand crus. In between winery visits, stroll the charming historic center of Beaune, the center of the Burgundy wine world; or pop into Dijon—yes, that's where the mustard gets its name—to browse shops selling regional gourmet foods such as mustard, kir, gougères, and gingerbread. Among the historic structures in Dijon are the 13th-century Church of Notre-Dame and the Dijon cathedral, with its 6th-century crypt. Then, once you've had your fill of on-the-ground attractions, take in the beautiful Burgundy scenery by hot-air balloon or helicopter for a truly spectacular view.