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A Guide To Burgundy Wine

Marie Gabrielle

Posted on July 16 2021

When it comes to winemaking, the home of the world's most significant and most sophisticated wine is Burgundy.

Burgundy wine is known for its grapes that have been freshly pressed. You may believe that every wine from this region is pricey, but this is not the case. There are other wines that you can afford to buy.

In addition, both red and white wines from this region are quite popular. Although the wine-producing area of Burgundy is substantially smaller than that of many other European countries, there is no doubt that this region’s wine is as fine as it gets.

Burgundy's Wine History

Take a trip back in time to the days of the Roman Empire, and you'll discover Burgundy wines in full swing. Burgundy has been producing wine since the first century AD. This region is one of Europe's oldest wine-growing regions. Moreover, there are over 4000 domains in the area, and many winemakers have a single row of vines.

The Wine Region Of Burgundy

Burgundy is a small region with a strong winemaking industry. In fact, there are five minor growing regions in Burgundy. These include:

  • Chablis- the origins of crisp Chardonnay
  • Côte de Nuits- the source of the most costly Pinot Noir
  • Côte de Beaune-  the region where Chardonnay is a deep, golden, and rich wine.
  • Côte Chalonnaise- the ideal location for "baby" Burgundy
  • Mâconnais- the place where they make fresh, unoaked Chardonnay.

The Different Classifications Of Burgundy Wine

When purchasing a bottle of Burgundy wine, different classifications can be seen on the labels of the wine bottle. The four classifications include:

  • Grand Cru

  • This ranking is only given to the best vineyards. Wines with this designation command the most outstanding prices and are actively sought after by collectors.

         2. Premier Cru

    These wines are made from vineyards that are still considered exceptional but fall short of Grand Cru's status. Also, these vineyards are capable of producing high-end wines.

          3. Village Wine

    These are wines made from grapes obtained from a variety of Burgundy vineyards. You will be able to determine whether a wine is classified as this when the label includes the name of the village where the grapes were sourced from.

           4. Regional Wine

    The lowest level of classification is considered regional wines. These wines account for half of all Burgundy wine production. Made from a mix of vineyards from many villages across Burgundy, rather than a single village, as is the case with Village wines.


    There is no doubt that Burgundy wines have long been regarded as some of the world's best and most refined wines. From grand cru, premier cru, village wine, and regional wine, you must remember that these are still wines produced in one of the world's top wine areas, even at the most basic level.

    Moreover, Burgundy is one of the world's most beautiful wine regions. The region has a rich winemaking history, with centuries-old practices of land care and sustainable farming. Visit the local wineries to try some of the region's little bottlings.