Burgundy Wine Tour

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Exclusive, elusive, enchanting – the wine tour to the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy

A close look at the world famous villages, rare wines, and family vineyards

— This wine tour takes you to the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy. It is a magic place. It can easily make anyone dream. It is a special feeling to travel through these famous villages that produce some of the world’s most expensive wines. And some of the most fabulous. And at the same time, making wine in Burgundy is not easy. It takes a skilful winemaker to bring out the best in the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. This is a wine tour with fantastic wines and high-class French gastronomy.

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This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

When it comes to Burgundy wines, especially the red pinot noir, you really have to know where to go to find the best. It is not enough to see that it says “Grand Cru” on the label. You also have to know who has made the wine. Nowhere else is the family name on the bottle as important as here. The best way to discover the very best of Burgundy is to go there, and to go there with someone who knows where to find the gems.

La Côte d’Or, the golden slope, is full of exciting vineyard. The classification system can sometimes seem complicated but when you come here you will see that it is actually quite straight forward. The producers that we will visit are a mix of famous and well-known wineries and raising stars.

On this trip you will have the opportunity to taste a large number and wide range of wines, from “simple” AOC / AOP Bourgogne up to the finest and most exclusive Grand Cru. In few wine regions you get as lavish wine tastings as on this trip to Burgundy.

The winery visits are planned so that you will get a good overview of the way they make wine here in Burgundy as well as the viticulture in the vineyards. Here in Burgundy the barrel aging in the cellar also plays a very important role and you will get a close look at that.

Our visits will be focussed on the Côte d’Or, the heart of Burgundy. We stay centrally in Beaune, perhaps France’s most charming wine village that has around 20,000 inhabitants. There are many restaurants to choose from.

In the centre of town you can find the Hôtel Dieu (les Hospices de Beaune), a magnificent building in Flemish-Burgundian style finished in 1451. Yes, 1451! The original purpose was as a hospital. It was then used as a retirement home until 1971 and is now a museum. One of France’s greatest architectural historical monuments.

A road winding through the vineyards in Fixin in Burgundy
A road winding through the vineyards in Fixin in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
A village with its church in Burgundy
A village with its church in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

There is no shortage of gastronomic specialities in Burgundy and you will be sure to enjoy some special meals. You can try Burgundian specialities such as jambon persillé (ham flavoured with parsley, preferably matched with a glass of aligoté), oeuf en meurette (poached egg in red wine sauce, an odd but delicious combination), escargots (snails, of course), boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin. In Beaune there are plenty of restaurants ranging from cosy bistrots to gastronomic Michelin starred temples.

Whatever you do don’t forget to save some space for the cheese! There are many delicious local specialities.

The strong-flavoured Epoisses is one of the most famous. It is never mass-produced but only made in artisanal dairies according to principles developed by the Cistercian monks a long time ago. The maturation of the Epoisses takes three months during which time it is regularly rubbed with marc de Bourgogne.

Marc is the local equivalent to the Italian grappa, a distilled alcohol made from grape skins. It is the perfect ending to a long dinner in Beaune (the marc in a glass, not the cheese…).

You go to Beaune on your own, for example by train from Paris (2 hours), or by flying to Lyon or Geneva.

This is a fabulous wine tour with many outstanding wines, gastronomic meal with regional specialities, personal private winery visits and beautiful scenery.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

Enjoying the cafés in Beaune, Burgundy
Enjoying the cafés in Beaune, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Enjoying the sunshine in a café in Beaune, Burgundy
Enjoying the sunshine in a café in Beaune, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

More travel information

Here are some useful pages and guides about this travel destination:

Even more info

We have written a lot about Burgundy and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

Here you can find more about travelling in Burgundy.

You can also find more information on the Burgundy wines on BKWine Magazine.

A vineyard hut in Chambertin grand cru, Burgundy
A vineyard hut in Chambertin grand cru, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
A vineyard hut in grand cru Chambertin in Burgundy
A vineyard hut in grand cru Chambertin in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Program — Burgundy wine tour

This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

For more details, contact BKWine.

Program overview

  • Day 1 — Arrival in Beaune
  • Day 2 — Côte de Nuits
  • Day 3 — Côte de Beaune
  • Day 4 — Northern Côte de Beaune
  • Day 5 — Heading back home

Wednesday, Day 1 — Arrival in Beaune

You arrive in Beaune and check into our cosy hotel, Hôtel La Belle Epoque***, centrally located, just a stone’s throw from Hôtel Dieu.

Beaune is a town with a lot of personality. It has a very old town centre. There are plenty of restaurants and cafés to explore. You can find both traditional French in neighbourhood bistros, luxurious gourmet restaurants, even excellent Japanese food (if you feel the need for something different). Plenty to keep you busy in the evenings.

By the main square, Place Carnot, you can find the Hôtel Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) that you should definitely try and visit. It is one of Burgundy’s and France’s great tourist attractions. It is, or was, a hospital dating back to the 15th century. In the courtyard you can see the extraordinary coloured roof tiles, typical for Burgundy.

The evening is free to stroll around Burgundy.

Wine ageing in barrels in a cellar in Burgundy
Wine ageing in barrels in a cellar in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Tasting wine in the cellar in Burgundy
Tasting wine in the cellar in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, Day 2 — Côte de Nuits

After breakfast we hop on to our bus and we leave Beaune and head north. We pass the well-known Corton hill and continue towards Côte de Nuits.

We will visit a very interesting organic property in Morey-Saint-Denis. We visit the wine cellar which is quite untraditional because some of the wines are fermented and aged on terracotta amphorae. The property has fantastic vineyard locations and we will discover this during our magnificent tasting of premier and grand cru wines.

We then continue a little further north, past Gevrey-Chambertin, to the village of Fixin, where we will visit Philippe and Martine Bernard at Clos Saint Louis. First we’ll go for a short walk and inspect the vineyards together with Philippe, the owner and the winemaker, and talk about the important work in the vineyard.

Then our charming host couple invites us to a delicious lunch buffet. But not any buffet. Everything is home made by Martine herself. With it we, of course, taste the wines of the property.

Then, on our way south again we stop in Vosne-Romanée and look at the most expensive and finest grand cru vineyards, La Romanée Conti, La Tâche and Richebourg, mythical wines that today cost several thousand euros. Per bottle.

We end the day with a family business in Prémeaux Prissey near Nuits-Saint-Georges. The family has more than 20 hectares of vineyards spread over as many appellations, both in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. They make wines in a structured, tannin-rich style.

The evening is free for taking a walk and exploring Beaune. Stroll through the narrow streets, discover the old houses and perhaps the grand mayor’s palace, the Town Hall.

A vineyard hut in Chambertin grand cru, Burgundy
A vineyard hut in Chambertin grand cru, Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
A vineyard hut in grand cru Chambertin in Burgundy
A vineyard hut in grand cru Chambertin in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, Day 3 — Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

Today we start up in the northern part of the Côte de Nuits and we end the day in the village of Pernand-Vergelesses on the imposing Corton hill.

We visit the Guyot Family, who has been in Marsannay for a long time. The current owner Olivier has been involved in the work on the farm since early childhood. They have fine holdings in Marsannay, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle-Musigny and other villages in the Côte de Nuits.

The lunch today will be at a very high-quality property with 11.5 hectares of very good locations in Gevrey-Chambertin and the neighbouring villages. We eat a real Burgundian lunch and drink some of the estate’s excellent wines, including some grand cru.

After lunch we stop at Corton hill, this great grand cru. In Pernand-Vergelesses we will visit an interesting family estate and there will be a visit to the wine cellar, with both oak barrels and old bottles, and a short walk in the vineyard to talk about the work in the vineyard.

Late afternoon we are back in Beaune. Free evening. Maybe an aperitif at a wine bar to whet your appetite?

Vineyards on the Corton hill-slope in Burgundy
Vineyards on the Corton hill-slope in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
A house among the vineyard with a Burgundy roof
A house among the vineyard with a Burgundy roof, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, Day 4 — Northern Côte de Beaune

Today, the early riser can enjoy the Saturday market in Beaune. It is above all a wonderful food market but there is a little bit of everything.

Our first visit today is in Beaune. We visit the well-known wine company, négociant, Joseph Drouhin, which has its cellar in the middle of the oldest part of Beaune. In addition, their beautiful cellars are the oldest in Beaune. Of course we get to visit these and we end with a delicious tasting of some of Drouhin’s many wines.

The bus then picks us up and we head for the Corton hill. Lunch at Domaine Comte Senard, Aloxe-Corton. The property was founded in 1857 when Jules Senard bought a 2 ½ acre monopoly vineyard, the Clos des Meix. The holding has now grown to 9 hectares, many of which are great locations on the grand cru Corton hill. Corton grand cru, red and white, will also be the theme of our excellent Burgundian lunch.

For our afternoon visit, we head south, towards one of the last villages in the Côte de Beaune, namely Santenay. We visit a property here, which is housed in a real château, which is quite unusual in Burgundy. The château dates back to the 15th century. Amazingly good wines, both white and red.

Late afternoon we are back in Beaune. Free evening. Maybe it’s time to look up those Burgundian specialities that you haven’t tried yet?

A villa in a vineyard in Burgundy
A villa in a vineyard in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Harvesting pinot noir in Burgundy
Harvesting pinot noir in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, Day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

Program may be subject to minor modifications.

Time to rack the barrels in the cellar in Burgundy
Time to rack the barrels in the cellar in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography
Wine ageing in barrels in Burgundy
Wine ageing in barrels in Burgundy, copyright BKWine Photography

Tour Details — Wine tour to Burgundy

Dates: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Price per person: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Included in the price:

  • 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast
    • Hôtel La Belle Epoque*** i Beaune (other options available)
  • Meals as described in the program (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches at wineries, or regional restaurants, with local specialities, including wines
  • Start and end point: Beaune, Burgundy
  • Bus transport
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Translation as needed: some visits may be in English, others in French
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide during the whole trip

(*) See below for more important information on our meals.

Not included:

  • Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.

You organise your travel to Beaune yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.

For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered at the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 8.

Book This Tour

This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Read more important information about travel terms and conditions, customer protection, and the contents of our wine tours. And why you should choose BKWine when travelling on a wine tour.

You book by contacting Britt Karlsson, BKWine:

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More on our wine tours

Why travel with BKWine?

We are Britt and Per Karlsson. We are specialists in wine and food tours and wine tourism, but also experts in wine in general. We are internationally published wine writers and have written ten award-winning wine books.

No other tour operator has a comparable knowledge and experience of wine, wine regions, wine tourism and gourmet travel.

We have organised hundreds of wine and food tours, and this is what we love to do. We take it very seriously (it is not a sideline or a hobby), and what we want more than anything is to share all these wonderful experiences with you.

All our tours are led and managed by guides who have in-depth wine knowledge, and in many cases we lead the tours ourselves.

Read more on why you should choose BKWine for your wine and food tour.

Thousands of happy customers

Over the years, thousands of wine lovers have travelled with us. Many come back to tour again with BKWine to new wine regions. Our record-breaking client has been on more than ten BKWine tours. We are happy and proud to have such faithful customers.

Read more on what previous travellers have said about our tours.

Awards and Mentions

We’re pleased and proud to have received many accolades, including:

  • “World’s Top Wine Tours” (Travel+Leisure Magazine, the world’s biggest travel magazine)
  • “Best wine tasting holidays” (AOL Travel’s list of top wine tours)
  • “Recommended Wine Tours” (Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association)
  • “World’s Best Wine Book for Professionals” as well as “Best Wine Book of the Year” (Gourmand International awards) and many other book prizes
  • Three OIV book awards
  • “Wine Personality of the Year 2011” (an honour bestowed on Britt Karlsson by Munskänkarna, the world’s biggest wine appreciation association)
  • Inclusion on the Wine Media Power List by Wine Business International magazine

About the wine producers and wineries we visit

Our aim is for you to experience some of the very best and most interesting aspects of the wine world, in terms of wine and food.

We put great effort into creating outstanding winery visits, and in this way we are quite different to many wine tour organisers. It is not always the most renowned, internationally known estates that offer the best experiences. Organising a wine tour featuring famous names of the wine world is relatively easy: it is merely a question of making lists and ticking boxes. On these kind of “bucket list” wine tours, you rarely meet the winemaker or the owner. You will simply be one of thousands of visitors they receive each year.

We do things differently. With BKWine Tours, you will meet the people behind the label, often the winemakers and/or the owners. Thanks to them, you will have a unique, truly personal experience and an insight into the wine world that no one else can offer. When you travel with BKWine, you are more like a special guest than a tourist.

We have personal connections and unparalleled knowledge thanks to more than 20 years as wine journalists, with 10 wine books published, and as wine tour organisers with more than 30 years’ experience. You can be sure of getting the best wine travel experiences with BKWine Tours.

Read more on the wine producers and wineries we visit.

A true gourmet experience: food and gastronomy

For us, wine and food are intimately linked, and this is a fundamental part of our wine travel philosophy. For this reason, a wine tour with BKWine is always an outstanding culinary experience both for the wine enthusiast and for the gourmet. A BKWine tour is a gastronomic voyage that explores the deep relationship between food and wine.

Read more On Meals: Food and Gastronomy on Our Tours.

Customer Protection,  Financial Travel Guarantee, and Terms and Conditions

You can always feel safe when you book your tour with BKWine. BKWine has a bonded bank guarantee that gives full protection according to EU and Swedish law. BKWine is a Swedish limited company and as such is regulated by strict rules.

Read more on Customer Protection, Financial Travel Guarantee. and our Terms and Conditions.

When you book a tour it is important that you read the terms and conditions. BKWine’s booking terms and conditions follow the guidelines developed by the Consumer Protection Agency.

Health, vaccination and allergies

Our tours have no particular health requirements although inevitably we will be walking a certain amount in wine cellars and vineyards. Sensible footwear is a must.

Most of our travel destinations have no particular health guidelines or requirements for vaccinations or medical certificates, but if in doubt, you should always consult a medical professional, vaccination centre or relevant embassy in your country of origin.

We can always accommodate food allergies. However, in order for us to manage such requests you must let us know about any allergies before the tour starts.

Read more in our FAQ and in our Terms and Conditions.

Travel insurance

BKWine does not sell travel insurance. If you want travel insurance, check if your regular home insurance policy includes some kind of travel insurance, or contact your regular insurance company or a travel insurance specialist.

Custom Tours

We also offer custom wine and food tours if you want to travel on different dates, or if you want something different to what we currently offer on our scheduled tours. This tailor-made service can be offered for individuals, companies, professionals, wine tastings clubs etc.

Important information

Our groups are always small. The number of people in the group may vary. The maximum can range from 8 to around 20; check the details in each programme. But our groups are always modest in size. This is important because it guarantees a quality experience and a personal welcome at the wineries we visit.

Read the BKWine Booking Terms and Conditions here. They are important to you!

You are expected to organise your travel independently to the destination for most of our tours, but once you are at the location, we take care of everything.

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