Burgundy Wine Region

Burgundy, also known as Bourgogne, is a small wine region situated in the middle-eastern part of France. Home to some of the most expensive wines, its influence in the world of wine is indisputable.

Burgundy mainly produces dry white wines (60% of its production), red wines (30%) and sparkling wines. The main grape variety used for whites is Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir for red wines (which can sometimes be associated with Gamay).

The vineyard can be divided into five sub-regions, each displaying different climates and terroir, producing distinct wines.

Chablis, famous for its elegant dry whites and their typical minerality.

Côte d’Or, regrouping Côte de Nuit and Côte de Beaune. Côtes de Nuit counts some of the most famous appellations such as Gevrey-Chambertin or Nuits-saint-Georges. Pinot noir is the main grape variety planted. Côtes de Beaune is renowned for its beautiful whites such as Meursault or Montrachet but also offers beautiful reds such as Pommard and Volnay.

Côte Chalonnaise, offering quality whites and reds such as Rully, Givry and Montagny.

Mâcon, well-known for its chardonnay whites, especially the Pouilly-fuissé wines.

Did you know?

The word “climat” in French means climate, as in the weather conditions, but it has a double meaning in Burgundy!

The word “Climats”, with a capital C, is used to designate specific winegrowing areas/plots that are specifically demarcated by winegrowers, from generation to generation. A Climat is therefore a combination of the terroir, grape variety and expertise of the growers. There are more than a thousand Climats in Burgundy, some dating back to the 7th century!