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Burgundy wine tours from Paris let you discover the world's greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in one day from Paris. Burgundy grows two thirds of the most expensive wines in the world. Visit the prestigious terroirs of Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuit growing these famous wines. Discover the lovely Beaune and Dijon old cities. Top Paris wine tours.

Burgundy wines

Burgundy is a beautiful and world famous wine country south-east of Paris. See Burgundy map France.

Burgundy competes with Bordeaux as the world's most prestigious vineyard. In 2016 wine-searcher report of the 50 most expensive wines in the world, 35 came from Burgundy, 2 from Champagne, 1 from Bordeaux (read full report).

Burgundy wine country is specially famous for growing perfect Pinot Noir red wines and Chardonnay white wines.

The most prestigious Burgundy vineyards are located near the city of Dijon (France map), 315 km from Paris and 90' from Paris Gare de Lyon (Paris map) by high speed train.

It is therefore quite easy to visit the core Burgundy wine country on a one day tour by high speed train from Paris.

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The most expensive wine in the world is a Burgundy
The most expensive wine in the world is a Burgundy

Paris to Burgundy wine tour

Dijon, the historic capital of Burgundy, is 90' from Paris by high speed train, you can spend almost the full day in Dijon and in the vineyards on a one day Burgundy wine tour from Paris. These Paris wine tours by train are the most relaxing opportunity to discover French wine, food and countryside at their best in one day from Paris. Wine & Voyages operates insider’s wine tours and comparative wine tastings allowing you to enjoy a look and taste of some of the best wines in the world. In 1992, the founders of Wine & Voyages realized that tourists from around the world could not always find what they were looking for once arriving in Burgundy. The great wines of Burgundy were bringing them here, but there were not many options in wine tourism. They wanted to share their passion for Burgundy and Wine & Voyages was born!

Our partnership with them allow us to offer you a special 12 euro discount on their full day tour in Burgundy from Dijon at 118 euros instead of 130 euros. Details and booking. Enter promotion code "parisdigest" on booking second step.

Tasting wine in Burgundy
Tasting wine in Burgundy

Full day Burgundy wine tour itinerary

* Train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Dijon: departure at 7:57 am – arrival at 9:31 am (to book yourself before the tour)
* Meet your guide in Dijon at 10am
* Discover the culinary specialties of Burgundy in a guided walking tour through the historical streets of Dijon, the capital of Burgundy, including several tasting stops in authentic places including the famous Les Halles market.
* Free time for lunch in Dijon (Your guide will give you a newsletter with the best restaurants in town).
* At 2pm, start of Pinot and Chardonnay wine tour in prestigious Côte de Nuits Burgundy vineyards, including 2 comprehensive wine tastings in two different wineries.
* Train from Dijon to Paris Gare de Lyon. Departure at 6:05 pm – arrival at 7:45 pm (to book yourself before the tour).

The price of the tour is 120 euros per person. Full day tour details and booking. TGV train schedules and tickets

The city of Dijon is the capital of Burgundy
The city of Dijon is the capital of Burgundy

Burgundy vineyard

With its unique terroir, Burgundy excels in both white and red wines. The soils of Burgundy are extremely varied, in their richness, depth, and mineral content. The soils vary from one end of the region to the other, and also within a single area. The soil may vary, for example, from the top of a hill to the bottom, from one vineyard plot to the next.

The climate in Burgundy is continental for the most part: fairly warm summers, with the constant threat of hail, and cold winters. The region is northerly and cool enough that the grapes just about ripen in most years. Not all years are good vintages; some have too much rain, or are too cool. The grapes grown in Burgundy are suited to cool climates.

Nearly all red wines of Burgundy derive from a single red grape variety, Pinot Noir. Similarly, white wines derive from Chardonnay. Both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are thought to be native to the Burgundy region:

The Cote de Nuit vineyard
The Cote de Nuit vineyard

Cote de Nuit in Burgundy

Named after its principal village, Nuits St Georges, the Cote de Nuits forms the northern half of Burgundy’s vineyard. Cote de Nuit is a 20km strip running south from Dijon to Nuits St Georges with the best vineyards, called Premiers Crus and Grands Crus, situated halfway up its slopes where the drainage, exposure and soils are at their best.

With 22 of the region’s 23 red Grand Crus, this is Pinot Noir country; most of Burgundy’s (and indeed the world’s) great Pinot Noirs are made here, along with a small number of high quality Chardonnays, including one tiny Grand Cru (Musigny). Quantities are minute, certainly compared with Bordeaux, and prices for the very best wines are thus high. The most famous wines in Cote de Nuits are called Chambolle-Musigny, Cote de Nuits-Villages, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Marsannay, Morey-Saint-Denis, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanee and Vougeot.

Locate these vineyards on Cote de Nuit Burgundy map.

The map of Burgundy best vineyards
The map of Burgundy best vineyards
Dijon Les Halles
Find typical Burgundy food products in Les Halles in Dijon


Burgundy wine history

In 910, monks already owned vineyards in Burgundy. Two hundred years later, many monks dedicated their monasteries to winemaking. In 1336, they created Clos de Vougeot, a property still producing great wines today. In 1395, Duke Philip the Bold of Burgundy issued a decree that the only red grape allowed to be planted was Pinot Noir. Overtime, as the power of the Church lessened, many vineyards were sold. Finally, after the French Revolution, all vineyards owned by the Church were taken away and sold. Until the 18th century most Burgundy wines were consumed locally. As roads improved travel, trading houses sprung up and sold the wine farther away. Burgundy’s reputation grew during the next one hundred years. In 1855 Dr. Jules Lavalle published a book on Burgundy rating the vineyards. In 1861, a three tier system for rating the vineyards was created. In 1936, when the French AOC system was adopted, most of the top tier vineyards from the 1861 classification were awarded Grand Cru status.

Clos de Vougeot dates back to 1336
Clos de Vougeot dates back to 1336