Famous all around the world for its fine wines, Burgundy in France had once been the home of the Celts, the Romans and finally of the Franks. It is for this reason that the region of Burgundy has an extensive and rich history and cultural tradition.
Although Burgundy is considered as an important player when it comes to the production of the finest wines in the country, it has also been the venue of some of the important landmarks of the country’s history and the European history. During the Middle Ages, the area in and around Burgundy had become the seat of some of the most influential churches and monasteries in the Western world, and many of its remnants can still be found in the towns of Cluny, Citeaux and Vézelay.
The importance of Burgundy to wine production cannot be over-emphasized. Burgundy is, today, one of the main wine producing regions in all of France. Prized for its red and white wines made from a combination of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, the region has also produced wines from other grape varieties including Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. Despite its popularity, the wineries in these areas produce wines in small quantity. The limited quantities and exquisite taste of these wines have made Burgundy wines among the most expensive and sought after wines in the world, with the most expensive of these being produced in the province of Côte-d'Or.
Burgundy has also been considered as the birthplace of some French cuisine staples such as coq au vin and beef bourguignon.