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The Burgundy wine route, camping on a prestigious wine heritage

Vignobles de Bourgogne
Vignobles de Bourgogne


Straddling three departments in the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region, the Burgundy vineyards are renowned throughout the world. Vines are the main feature of the Burgundy landscape and to travel the wine route is not only to discover its vines but also the Burgundian way of life and its extraordinary historical and cultural heritage. Between Grands Crus, Crément, Coteaux de Pouilly, Vignobles de l'Yonne or Mâconnais, explore this beautiful area by train, boat, car or bike during a camping trip.

Campsites on the wine route

For your next holiday, choose from a dozen campsites on the Burgundy wine route, close to the vineyards. Much more fun than a hotel, with activities adapted to everyone, you will have the choice between campsites of one to three stars. We recommend the Arbre Sec *** campsite in Auxerre in the Yonne department, 800 metres from a leisure centre and a river. Les Grebes du lac de Marcenay *** campsite in Marcenay in the Côte-d'Or is located on the edge of a swimming lake with direct access to the beach and has an open-air swimming pool and water slides. Finally, comfortable accommodation, a leisure centre and a heated pool area with a slide and solarium spa are available at the Matour *** campsite in Matour near the Roche de Solutré.

Explore the different wine routes of Burgundy

If there's one thing you shouldn't miss on your camping holiday, it's the Burgundy Grands Crus route. The one where the 'climats' (plots of vines dedicated to viticulture) of the vineyard have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2015. The first French wine route to be created in 1937, each vineyard plot, from Dijon to Santenay via Beaune, is unique. It is undoubtedly the result of a perfect understanding between man and nature, but also of a 1000 year old manufacturing process. On the way, Dijon, capital of the Dukes of Burgundy, offers the "Owl Trail", perfect for discovering the city on foot. The tombs of the dukes can also be seen at the Musée des Beaux-Arts. At the heart of the Route des Grands Crus, the Cistercian and Renaissance-style Château du Clos Vougeot is listed as a historical monument and a Remarkable Site of Taste. It is also a Mecca for Burgundy wines. Beaune, rich heiress of a historical and architectural heritage and famous for being the capital of Burgundy wines. It is at the Maison des Climats that you can learn more about the famous "climats" and the notion of terroir in the Côte d'Or. Children are not left out as there are animations and a game book for them. The free visit lasts about 30 minutes.

Less than three hours from Paris, the Côte Chalonnaise, which takes its name from Chalon-sur-Saône, crosses 40 communes and opens the doors to a landscape of winegrowing estates as far as the eye can see, hills, charming villages and welcoming winegrowers over a hundred kilometres. Here, wine tourism on the Route des Grands Vins offers 32 km of Voie Verte to be done on foot or by bike, depending on your choice, a shady and particularly pleasant route also open to river tourism. In Chalon-sur-Saône, the Maison des Vins de la Côte Chalonnaise is dedicated to the appellations of the region and in the autumn the end of the grape harvest is celebrated with dignity (or not!) with the Paulée de la Côte Chalonnaise.

Renowned for its world-famous Chablis wine, the Yonne vineyard also has a wide variety of wines. The Chablis region, of course, but also the Tonnerrois and Auxerrois regions are as many wine-growing areas to visit on the Yonne vineyard route as there are landscapes to admire. A wine tourism circuit where you can visit cellars with the Vignobles & Découvertes label, which ensures high quality and excellent memories to share. You can taste white wines full of aromas and roundness like those of Tonnerre or Coulanges-la-Vineuse. On the Chablis side, seven hikes of between 8 and 30 kilometres are proposed to admire superb panoramas of the hills of the vineyards, through forests, vineyards or other paths.

From the famous Pouilly-Fuissé to the popular Beaujolais, via Saint-Amour and Juliénas, the Maconnais-Beaujolais wine route is located in the south of Burgundy and just an hour from Lyon. By crossing some of its 64 communes, all the treasures of Burgundy's heritage are revealed here, with a climate that from time to time resembles that of the Mediterranean. The Hameau Dubœuf in Romanèche-Thorins is the ideal place to learn the secrets of the vine and wine in a fun and original way, and is the first park on this theme in France. As for the built heritage, the Romanesque churches of Chapaize, Bonnay and Bray are a must, as are the abbeys of Tournus and Cluny, which were of major importance for religion during the Middle Ages, and were also the origin of the first vineyards cultivated by monks more than 1000 years ago. Along these 8 itineraries, you should see the castles of Cormatin and Branion and also the caves of Azé and Blanot. Finally, in the vineyards of Pouilly-Fuissé, the famous Roche de Solutré is a magnificent place that would be a shame to miss.

The Crément de Bourgogne route is the discovery of Burgundy sparkling wines. The itinerary proposes to pass through the 23 communes classified "AOC Crément de Bourgogne" where the winegrowers will show you their knowledge and their work which includes the elaboration of crements but also white and red Burgundy wines. Every year in March, the Crément festival in Chatillon-sur-Seine offers tastings and a carnival show. Also in Chatillon-sur-Seine, the Musée du Pays Châtillonnais invites you to admire the largest of wine glasses! Which is none other than a remarkable antique vase. You will also see the Treasure of Vix recovered from a tomb dating from the 6th century BC. There are over twenty signposted routes for walking and cycling, with over 200 km of paths where you will find a beautiful natural heritage with lakes for swimming, springs and even caves. The Crément wine tourism route can also lead to the entrance of the Châtillonnais forest with its rich flora and fauna. The Crément route is also about strolling and exploring charming churches, magnificent abbeys and majestic castles, during sparkling walks.


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