About the Region
Burgundy, is one of the world's most famous wines regions and is certainly one of France’s most important.
Found on the east side of France, it’s renowned for both its red (produced from mainly Pinot Noir) and white (predominantly Chardonnay) wines. On one hand it’s a fairly easy region to understand. Two grapes dominate production but then things start to get a little more complicated…
There are five ‘sub-regions’ within the region – the Cote-d’Or (most expensive), Cote Chalonnaise, Chablis, Beaujolais and Macon. All of the Grand Cru vineyards (Chablis aside) are in the Cote d’Or which is then divided into two – Cotes de Nuits and Cotes de Beaune and then within these areas are all the ‘famous’ villages, after which the wines take their names. The ‘Nuits’ is responsible for most of the red wine Grand Crus while ‘Beaune’ is the white Grand Crus.
The Chalonnaise is a mix of red and white; then further south to Macon where white wines are the focus before getting to Beaujolais and a red wine focus – produced from Gamay grapes.