November 19th 2015

Imagine Burgundy, and what comes to mind? Yes, the wines – glowing, full-bodied reds and dry buttery whites. La Bourgogne produces some of the world’s best wine and this year the 'climats', terroirs of Burgundy, have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It recognizes the unique character of the wine-producing area between Dijon and Beaune with its outstanding scenery, exceptional historic buildings and generations of know-how. Now think of escargots, boeuf bourgignon, Dijon mustard, coq au vin – these most classic of French dishes and produce are from Burgundy too. The renowned Charolais cattle graze in the lush pastures throughout the region, which produces wild mushrooms, snails, pigeons, quails, boar, venison and freshwater fish. boucherie burgundy In France small, independent suppliers carry on the tradition of excellence with patés, terrines, cheeses and sausages. Visit a local market to see the variety of the produce available, and the pride with which they are presented. The UNESCO experts also singled out French gastronomy as a 'social custom aimed at celebrating the most important moments in the lives of individuals and groups'. How wines are paired with dishes, how the table is dressed, the precise placing of glasses, for water, red and white wine, knife blade pointing in and fork tines down, are all seen as part of the rite. Our new Walk celebrates this land of plenty. Stroll through exquisite villages like Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, the location for the move Chocolat (what else?). Walk beside the Burgundy canal and up into the hills to a medieval town, and spend an afternoon with the owner of a stunning chateau. hospices de beaune burgundy Visit Beaune, with its traditional market and famous 600-year-old hospice. Find out about truffle hunting and enjoy the spoils with lunch. Taste fine wines at the Cote de Nuits vineyards and hike to the wine-growing village of Chassagne-Montrachet. Take morning coffee and croissants in the shadow of an ancient castle in the high, 'perched' village of Brancion, before following an old monks’ path to Cluny and its mighty ruined abbey. Eat a farewell dinner with friends old and new at a Michelin-starred restaurant and raise a final glass to this wonderful region. See the full details of our new Walk in Burgundy on our website.

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