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Burgundy is one of the principal wine-producing regions of France and home to a culture that goes back as far as the beginning of recorded history. The visitor to the region will discover picturesque inns, historic churches, cool wine cellars, and fine food. The wine producing area stretches from Chablis in the north to Maconnais in the south.
Burgundy contains 50 kilometres of vineyards which produce some of the finest wines in the world from a limited number of grape varieties. The region’s famous white wines are mainly made from Chardonnay grapes, with some varieties made from Aligote grapes. The reds are produced from Pinot Noir grapes, with the Beaujolais wines being made from Gamay grapes.
Burgundy is around three hours’ drive from Paris, Geneva, Lyon and the Alps. Visitors from the United Kingdom can reach the region from London via the Channel tunnel or five hours on the high speed train. Another popular way of seeing Burgundy is by taking the Burgundy canal.
The canal was built between 1765 and 1832, and was a vital connection between the Mediterranean Sea and northern Europe. Today, the canal carries tourists in barges and floating hotels. Some of the barges offer cruises and accommodation, while others feature accommodation only.
There are also many attractions in the Burgundy region that are not related to wine. A popular example is the Palais des Ducs et des Etats de Bourgogne. The Palace houses Dijon’s town hall and the Musee des Beaux-Arts.