Rebekah Pizana is a food and wine journalist and recipe writer. Rebekah's columns have been published in newspapers, magazines and online since 2006.
There’s no better way to truly appreciate the wine, the people and the lifestyle of Burgundy than a guided tour, and I would strongly encourage any #WineTourist to arrange such a trip. I recently had the privilege of going on a tour led by Burgundy- born, raised, and trained winemaker Sébastien Marquet, now an accomplished vintner in Northern Virginia.
Thanks to Marquet, I have some must-do tips for any Burgundy traveler, all centered in the town he was born, Semur-en-Auxois / Montbard, a commune of the Côte-d'Or department in eastern France.
To begin to describe the grandeur and history of Burgundy and its deep, incomparable history of viticulture and winemaking would take a book ... or two or three. So instead, I will stick to outlining one of my favorite little villages in the world’s most incredible wine region.
Arguably my No. 1 go-to romantic movie is “Chocolat” starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. It was filmed in a charming, medieval-looking village called Flavigny, which just happens to be nestled in the hills of Burgundy’s Côte-d'Or. The story revolves around chocolate, wine and the good life with a romantic French backdrop.
After a day walking through idyllic Flavigny, tasting pastilles made from aniseed at the famous Candy Factory, pretending to be Juliette in a colorful dress and scarf -- or Johnny with a guitar and river boat -- I ended the day with a tasting of Époisses cows milk cheese and Côte de Nuits wines. Life, as they say, was complete.
WHAT TO DO:
Les Anis de Flavigny Candy Factory
Fabrique des Anis de Flavigny, 21150
Where to stay:
Hotel De La Côte-d'Or
1 Rue De La Liberté, 21140
Where to wine & dine:
Restaurant Le Sagittaire
15 Rue De La Liberté, 21140
+ 33 3-80-97-23-91