A couple months ago I started exploring an area of France I want to visit, Burgundy. In Burgundy France – Land of Plenty and Viva La France-Back to Burgundy! I talked about all that Burgundy has to offer any traveler and now its time to sample some of the wine Burgundy produces!
There are many ways to take part in wine tasting while in Burgundy. You could drive on the “Route des Grands Crus” or hike along one of the 14 marked footpaths or enjoy a cycling tour. All will take you through vineyards and villages.
Cycling Tours of Burgundy allows visitors to enjoy the small towns and villages, their history, art, scenic landscapes all while tasting wine along the way! We all know Burgundy is synonymous with wine and this type of adventure looks like a great way to enjoy the scenery and enjoy wine in a little different way.
There are many different biking routes in the region. Whether you want to make this a multi-day event or a short day expedition, you will find it. The different routes take you past the many different terrains in Burgundy. While riding you will be feasting on the scenery along rivers and canals as well as the gastronomy that Burgundy is also famous for.
Each biking option offers its own variety of discovery whether you want to explore the local produce and foods from Morvan hams, fish stew, Bresse chicken, sausage and delicious cheese or discover the prehistoric past, myths, spiritual traditions, and charming villages of Burgundy.
The five Voies Vertes (Green Ways) of Burgundy include:
- The ride in Southern Burgundy is approximately 50 miles and features the best known wine collections including Maconnais, Pouilly-Fuisse and Saint-Veran. Along this ride are the towns of Cluny with its abbey and Cormatin home to a beautiful chateau.
- Saone to the Loire is a 60 mile ride along the Canal du Centre and home to red wines with a fruity nose and delicious whites. In Bourbon-Lancy you will discover a wonderful medieval village that includes a spa.
- Riding along the Nivernais Canal takes you 105 miles through rich farmland and the natural beauty of Burgundy. Pass drawbridges, swimming holes and wine villages or you can even do a little rock climbing!
- The 130 mile ride along the Burgundy Canal wanders through everything Burgundy is known for: farms, chateaux, enchanting towns and, of course, vineyards. This ride takes you past Fontenay and Semur-en-Auxois two exquisite medieval villages.
- The Vineyard Way ride is a short 12 mile ride from Beaune to Santenay through vineyards riding along paths that are still used by winegrowers. This ride takes you through the heart of the Burgundy wine country and also passes through some of the most picturesque villages.
Lodging can be found along all of the routes above if you would like to spend a night or two along the way! Luggage transfer can even be accommodated.
I know I didn’t delve into the technicalities of Burgundy wine and that’s because I am not a wine aficionado just a wine drinker! So if you want to learn more about the varieties, classifications or labels from the wines of this area you might find the article Burgundy Wine Guide by the Wine Doctor very informative!