the former independent region of burgundy
The former administrative region of Burgundy (Bourgogne) comprised the
departments of Côte-d'Or; Doubs; Nièvre; Saône-et-Loire, and Yonne.
Burgundy is one of France's main wine producing areas. It is well known
for both its red and white wines, mostly made from Pinot noir and Chardonnay
grapes, respectively, although other grape varieties can be found, including
Gamay, Aligote, Pinot blanc, and Sauvignon blanc. The region is divided into
the Côte-d'Or, where the most expensive and prized Burgundies are found, and
Beaujolais, Chablis, the Côte Chalonnaise and Mâcon. The reputation and quality
of the top wines, together with the fact that they are often produced in small
quantities, has led to high demand and high prices, with some Burgundies
ranking among the most expensive wines in the world.
With regard to cuisine, the region is famous for the Burgundian dishes
coq au vin, beef bourguignon, and époisses de Bourgogne cheese.
places you won't want to miss
Tourist sites of Burgundy include the Rock of Solutré, the Tournus
cathedral, Cluny, Brancion, the castles of Cormatin and Couches, the palace of
the dukes of Burgundy in Dijon, the Pézanin Arboretum (in Dompierre-les-Ormes),
and Vézelay abbey.
Hospices de Beaune
The Hospices de Beaune or Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune is a former
charitable almshouse in Beaune, France. It was founded in 1443 by Nicolas
Rolin, chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The original
hospital building, the Hôtel-Dieu, one of the finest examples of French
fifteenth-century architecture, is now a museum.
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon
The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Dijon is a museum of fine arts
opened in 1787 in Dijon, France. It is housed in the Palace of the Dukes of
Burgundy in the historic centre of Dijon.
Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy
The Palace of the Dukes and Estates of Burgundy or Palais
des ducs et des États de Bourgogne is a remarkably well-preserved architectural
assemblage in Dijon.
Museum of Burgundian Life
Museum recounting regional history & domestic life
through costumes & artifacts in an old monastery.
Château de la Verrerie
The Château de la Verrerie is an historic castle in Le
Creusot, Saône-et-Loire, listed as an official historical monument by the
French Ministry of Culture since 1984.