A Food and Wine Lifestyle
Since the 6c Dijon has been a destination for those who enjoy fine wine. In the 15c heyday of the Dukes of Burgundy, it was the cultural capital of Europe. A 'Burgundy Lifestyle' is synonymous with good living, and a culture of gastronomy.
The most famous red wine villages in the world sit along a narrow stretch of land, less than 40km in length, between Dijon and Beaune. To the east stretches out the plain of the Saone, and on a clear day, the Jura mountains and the Alps are visible, the snow covered slopes of Mont Blanc towering above the horizon even at this distance.
The market is called Les Halles, and was built in the 1870's. In Winter it can be bitterly cold, as the stall holders through their jittering teeth will readily confirm. However it is the Spring and Summer when it comes into its own. Many of the stalls are organic owner producers - a traditional farmers type market. The produce changes as the season progresses. Starting in Spring with early peas, asparagus, strawberries, and so on. It is a foodies veritable treasure trove.
However, if food is part of the equation, what sets Burgundy apart, is the combination of food and the wine.
In 2015 the Burgundy vineyards were awarded Unesco World Heritage status, a reflection of their contribution to the history of France. However, each vineyard is attached to a village, and it is in the villages that the lifeblood of Burgundy viticulture is to be found. The families who have worked the vines for generations, the cellars and buildings created in Medieval times by the Benedictine and Cistercian monks. The villages that truly tell the story, of Burgundy wine and its influence on a way of life.