A super way to make this tour is to engage a private driver-guide he/she will pick you up from your hotel in Lyon for a full-day tour of the Côte d’Or.
Begin by following the Rhône north through the Beaujolais and Mâconnais wine regions until you arrive at the Côte de Nuits. This growing area, located north of the town of Beaune, is home to some of Burgundy’s most celebrated vintages, including Clos Vougeot.
Admire the historic chateau and rows of flourishing vines as your guide explains France’s complex regulations about labels, appellations and cru designations.
Continue on to Gevrey-Chambertin, a small medieval town that also lends its name to the AOC.
Visit a historic wine shop where the bottles are still stored in underground limestone cellars. Here sample some of the full-bodied merlots and cabernet sauvignon blends that the region is known for.
Head South, stop for lunch at Beaune, the unofficial capital of the Côte d’Or.
Burgundy is known for its exceptional cuisine, including Boeuf Bourguignon and garlicky escargots à la Bourgogne.
You can enjoy a leisurely meal at one of the town’s many excellent restaurants carte blanche. Afterwards, take a little time to wander among the cobbled lanes of the town, which dates back to before the Roman era.
After you have eaten, continue South to the Côte de Beaune, another sub-region of the Côte d’Or.
Stop at 1 of the region’s well-known large appellations, such as Aloxe-Corton. Enjoy a tasting before heading to the Château de Chassagne Montrachet, and tour the castle’s 11th-Century cellars. At the end of the day, your driver-guide will motor you back to your hotel in Lyon for a good night’s sleep!
Enjoy your travels
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