The name Côte-d’Or stands for the golden color of the vines in the fall. There are more than 9 000 hectares of vineyards, where some of the most famous Grands Crus come from. The region has four appellations: the Côtes de Nuits, the Beaune, the Corton and the Montrachet. Two wine routes run through the area: the Route des Grands Crus and the Route du Crémant, named after the local sparkling wine that is hardly inferior to a champagne. Everywhere the winemakers welcome you for a "dégustation" or tasting. Keep the shopping spirit under control, because buying at the winery is rarely cheaper than at the supermarket. It is nicer, because tasting is allowed.
The "capital of all Burgundy wines" is Beaune. The old town has been carrying this title since the 18th century. In the cozy streets of the historic center, it is full of "bars à vin". In Beaune, a visit to the old market halls cannot be missed. It is very busy on Saturday mornings. A monument to be seen that is certainly on the program is the medieval hospital of Beaune, the "hospice". The architecture is exuberantly Gothic; the roofs are clad like a colorful mosaic.
Wine and the "good table" are inextricably linked. How do we set that table? Take a look at the regional museum dedicated to the "Arts de la Table" in Arnay-le-Duc. And look for a bistro from time to time to enjoy the Burgundy or Boeuf Bourguignon escargot. Of course with a glass of wine.
The Côte-d’Or has many small restaurants, but also a few well-known establishments. The most famous, with three Michelin stars, is Relais Bernard Loisau in Sanlieu. Book well in advance. Dijon has a two-star restaurant, called l'Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge, and two one-star eateries: La Maison des Cariatides and Restaurant Stéphane Derbord.
Mustard is produced in the capital Dijon. It finds its origin in 1756, mustard was an exclusive product at the time. Today, Dijon mustard can be made anywhere in the world. It is a bustling city with a beautifully preserved historic center, beautiful museums, grand bourgeois houses and many monuments. Not to be missed during a city tour: the gothic church of Notre Dame de Talant, the Saint Bénice cathedral, the 15th-century spire named after Philip the Good, the palace of the Counts and members of Burgundy. More charmed by historic villages than cities? Then definitely visit Chateauneuf and Flavigny-sur-Ozerain.
Culture and gastronomy prevail in Côte-d’Or. But nature also plays a part. The Morvan nature park, located in the departments of Yonne, Nièvre, Côte-d'Or and Saône-et-Loire, in particular is ideal for endless walking and cycling trips. Those who enjoy an active holiday can also walk, cycle or canoe along the Saône. With worthwhile stops such as Saint-Symphorien-sur-Saône, Pagny-la-Ville, Talmay à Auxonne, Pontailler-sur-Saône and Saint-Jean de Losne. Looking for more exciting family sensations? Mountain climbing is very popular in the Côte-d’Or. This is possible at different locations, with or without an instructor.