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A trip along the Route des Grands Crus

All about the Burgundy Wine Route

A prestigious tour of the vineyards to discover Burgundy wines and Grands Crus.


She travels with her tribe, either with her creative but restless kids, or with her noisy but respectful gang. A Burgundian by adoption, she finds hidden corners, little-known addresses and atypical characters. Quite simply, for her, travel is all about encounters.

A must in Burgundy

The Route des Vins crosses the most prestigious part of the Burgundy vineyards. 37 picturesque wine villages in the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, between Dijon and Beaune and as far as Santenay, over a length of 60 km.

What is the Route des Grands Crus?

It’s a narrow strip stretching along a north-south axis, no more than 2 km wide and 300 to 400 meters high. The route is signposted by brown-backed panels bearing a white cluster, from Dijon to Santenay via Nuits-Saint-Georges and Beaune.


The Route des Grands Crus

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60 km

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grands crus on the itinerary

Burgundy Wine Route. Route des Grands Crus

Côte de Nuits itinerary: Dijon - Corgoloin

In its first part, the road follows an axis parallel to the former N74,newly renamed D974. This prestigious Côte de Nuits is home to some of the world’s greatest red wines, including 24 grands crus out of Burgundy’s 33 (Romanée-Conti, Clos de Vougeot, Chambertin,…).

Burgundy Wine Route. Route des Grands Crus

Côte de Beaune itinerary: Corgoloin - Santenay

After Corgoloin, it’s theCôte de Beaune region up to the Maranges hillside. A land blessed with Chardonnay, producing some of the world’s greatest dry white wines, including Corton Charlemagne, crus de Meursault and Montrachet….

Burgundy Wine Route vineyards

Each village has its own vineyard and red (pinot noir) and/or white (chardonnay) appellations, and along the way, a harmonious landscape full of charm. Gentle curves, vineyards organized into plots, some of which are surrounded by dry stone walls, a river or a hedge. These are the “Clos”, whose entrances are sometimes adorned with majestic gates or porches recalling the owner’s name. Some plots have also preservedsmall limestone constructions, these are the “Cabotes” where tools were once stored and the winegrower could rest and eat.

Villages on the Route des Grands Crus

All along these gentle hills, vines run in tight rows between each village only a few kilometers apart.

From Gevrey-Chambertin to Nuits Saint Georges or from Aloxe-Corton to Santenay, they feature typical vineyard architecture with beautiful limestone houses and tiled roofs. Often arranged between courtyards and gardens, these winegrowers’ residences almost all have ancient cellars, a Mecca of the house that the owner will introduce wine lovers to.

Traditional villages, often opulent with the occasional mansion built by wine merchants who settled on the hillside in the 18th or 19th century. Gathered around their Gothic and often Romanesque churches, fountains and washhouses, these villages are the emblematic living quarters of the Burgundy wine region.

Authentic celebrations

Let’s not forget, too, that Burgundy winegrowers have a sense of celebration and hospitality. To the rhythm of the 4 seasons of vines and wine, they pay homage to Bacchus (God of Wine) and Saint-Vincent (Patron Saint of Winegrowers) and invite their friends and customers…and all wine lovers, to these authentic, convivial celebrations.

The Route des Grands Crus

From another angle

“Doing” the Route des Grands Crus also means visiting sites prestigious or humble, well-known or off the beaten track. In Chenôve, the presses of the Dukes of Burgundy (14th century) are a reminder that the Valois Dukes were “the Lords of the best wines in Christendom”. In Vougeot, the Château stands as an eternal witness to the painstaking work of the Cistercian monks whose Abbey lies on the nearby plain. En route, a few bell towers or châteaux and their glazed tile roofs will herald the splendor of the roofs of the Musée de l’Hôtel-Dieu – Hospices de Beaune. Travelling along the Côte de Beaune, the châteaux of Corton André, Pommard, Meursault and Chassagne Montrachet illustrate the notion of “Clos” to perfection.

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