Vineyard Visits & Wine Tastings
Les Roches is ideally located to explore the famous Burgundy wine areas where you can visit vineyards and taste their wines:
- Côte-de-Nuits (about a 45 minute drive from Les Roches)
- Côte-de-Beaune (about a 45 minute drive from Les Roches)
- Chablis (about a 60 minute drive from Les Roches)
- Côte Chalonnaise (about a 60 minute drive from Les Roches)
To explore the Burgundy wines and vineyards, we usually recommend that our guests drive through the wine region on the "Route des Grand Crus" from Dijon to Santenay. Simply stop in the various villages and visit vineyards and taste their wines. The following website, www.route-des-grands-crus-de-bourgogne.com, outlines the "Route des Grand Crus" and details some of the vineyards in the various villages that are open for visits and wine tastings (the website also highlights the various wine festivals going on throughout the year!).
The northern part of the Route des Grand Crus is the Côte-de-Nuits, stretching from the gates of Dijon to the village of Corgolin. The names of the villages along the way produce some of the best red wines in the world and include 24 of Burgundy's 33 grand crus: Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Romanée-Conti to name a few.
The Côte-de-Beaune reaches from Ladoix-Serrigny to the vineyards of the Maranges. Here, in the land where Chardonnay reigns, are to be found the greatest dry white wines in the world (Corton-Charlemagne, Montrachet to name a few).
Chablis is known for their dry white wine – distinguished, lively, fruity, often copied but never equalled. From the vantage point of Préhy, the eye takes in virtually the whole of the Chablis vineyards, enabling you to visualise the hierarchy of the various appellations: Petit Chablis (on the plateaux), Chablis (northern and eastern slopes), Chablis Premier Cru (both banks of the Serein) and Chablis Grand Cru (right bank of the Serein), all with the same Chardonnay grape variety.
The Côte Chalonnaise stretches from Santenay to Saint-Gengoux-le-National. This stretch of land blends village and nature, vineyard and hedged farmland, Romanesque churches and châteaux. Our favourite wines from this region are the white wines from Rully.
Guided Wine Tours
For guided wine tours, we recommend Wine Liaisons and Bourgogne Gold Tour. We recommend Brendan Moore for vineyard visits, winery tours and wine-tastings in all regions of Burgundy throughout the year. He knows over 200 vineyards in Burgundy and he can customize a tour based on your requirements. For further information, please see www.wine-liaisons.com.Youri, who is French but speaks English fluently, runs Bourgogne Gold Tour and will customize a wine tour and tastings based on your interests (and can also combine historical monuments with the wine tour). For more information, please see www.bourgogne-gold-tour.com.