This half-day, small-group wine and cheese tasting tour from Dijon is a great way to immerse yourself in the tantalizing Burgundy region. Whether you’ve been obsessing over France’s gooey cheeses and balanced pinot noirs for years or have never tried them and wonder how good they can be, this tour will be a treat for your taste buds, with an informative guide to enrich the experience. Beyond the food and wine, you’ll also enjoy a leisurely drive through the countryside.
Your half-day, small-group crash course in French wine and cheese begins with pickup by air-conditioned minivan in central Dijon. Relax on a leisurely ride through the French countryside. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about Burgundy’s wines and cheese, this is a great introduction.
Learn from your guide about Burgundian wines like pinot noir and the importance of terroir with a Côte de Nuits vineyard tour. Visit classic wine-producing villages and see some of the region’s historic memorials during the scenic ride. Note the castle-like buildings, vineyards, and quaint signs with grape bunches marking the Route des Grands Crus (Route of Great Wines).
Follow your wine specialist into a caveau, or wine cellar, to try sips of the wines as you learn about them. Toward the end of the tour, sample a delicious plate of local artisanal cheeses paired with two wines from the Côte de Nuits. The cheeses sampled might include such standouts as Epoisses or Chaource, among others. Then settle in for the drive back to Dijon. If you weren’t a Francophile before this tour, you’re sure to be one by the end.