There’s more to Burgundy than fine wines

Burgundy is probably most famous for the wines that are produced there. Some of the best French wines come from the region such as Chablis, Beaune, Beaujolais and Macon. Wines from Burgundy have a distinctive taste and character and are loved by many people.

Apart from the wine, Burgundy has so much more to offer. For a start there is the history of the place. The historians among you will know that during the hundred Years War, between England and France, Burgundy were on the side of the English. In fact, it was the people of Burgundy who captured Joan of Arc. They then sold her to the English who burnt her at the stake.

Burgundy was an independent duchy during this period and was even wealthier than the rest of France. It wasn’t until the seventeenth century that Burgundy became part of France again. There are some fascinating reminders of the Middle Ages in Burgundy including the Hotel-Dieu complex at Beaune. This is a medieval hospital and you can really get the feel of how a hospital was in those days.

Indeed, many of the towns in the region have a medieval feel about them with many houses from that time still standing. You can relax in any of the famous wine-making towns and drink a glass of wine or a coffee at one of the many cafes and imagine life in the Middle Ages.

The countryside of Burgundy is also very attractive and scenic. There are woods and meadows and the fields are divided up by many low hedgerows. What makes it even nicer are all the lovely little villages in the area. A perfect example of such a beautiful little French village is Semur-en-Auxois which, legend has, was founded by Hercules.