Southern Burgundy travel tips

Dear community,

Can anyone recommend any wineries to visit in Burgundy? We are staying near Chalon sur Saone but would travel up to about an hour by car.

Was thinking of visiting Monthelie and Savigny-les-beaune, plus some villages nearer us, but very much open to suggestions.



Debreuil Fontaine in Pernand Vergellesses is good to visit, just up the road from Savigny. A small domaine run by a mum and daughter.
There is also a wonderful chateau and aircraft museum in Savigny.
Olivier Leflaive in Puligny is one of the very few domaines to include a vineyard tour. It is an excellent as you walk up through the regional, village and 1er cru vineyards right up to the grand crus. You will need to book online for it.
Try and go round Beaune and visit the Hospice de Beaune. It is a fantastic building and not to be missed.
Generally Burgundy domaines are not tourist orientated. The bigger ones like Olivier Leflaive, Chateau Meursault and Faiveley are better bets to visit.
Buy Benjamin Leeuwins guides to Burgundy as they are a mine of information about who does visits and who doesn’t.


True that not tourist orientated, but if you know one you want to visit, and can tell them why, it is worth trying, either by email in advance or just turn up. The worst that can happen is that there is no one there, but nothing is very far off your route.


I would add to Andrew’s suggestions…

Chateau de Chamirey in Mercurey, the Cave co-operative des vignerons de Buxy, and the Caveau de Puligny Montrachet offer a range of tasting flights of pretty high standard labels and producers, I remember we tried some lovely wines there. Here’s one of the white tasting flights there


In Mercurey too there is a place which offers enomat style tastings of a number of Mercurey producers called the Cave DiVin de Mercurey.

The tour and visit at Veuve Ambal just outside Beaune is more fun than it might sound and a good rainy day option

All these are within 30 mins of Chalon.


We did a Burgundy cycling holiday for my 50th that started and ended in Chalon sur Saone. The first leg was taking the cycle/footpath along the canal between Chalon and Chagny with the reward a dinner, b n b at the very splendid Maison Lameloise. The meal was amazing and the breakfast a delight. Definitely recommend the route and the restaurant based on our experience though that was quite a few years back.


Thanks all for such swift and informative replies!

We have visited one small domaine in Monthelie so far, as well as detouring through Meursault and Santenay. Hopefully we will get to at least some of the suggestions on here too in the next few days.

Cheers all :+1:

Oh and the Cave DiVin de Mercurey was also recommended to us by tourist information in Givry, so will certainly try to get there @PHarvey!


I am a big fan of Dubreuil-Fontaine and met Christine (the mum) at an Avery’s 2015 en Primeur tasting in Bristol. She is very informative and I suspect this would be a good visit… I bought a case of each of her 2015 village red Pernand and 2015 white Pernand Premier Cru.


When I was in Burgundy in July I went to Macon for the day. A very pleasant town and well worth visiting. One (very hot) day I walked from Beaune to Meursault through Pommard and Monthelie. On arriving at Meursault I had an excellent cheese platter (5 cheeses)and glass of Pinot Noir for 15 Euros, sitting outside the Hotel du Chevreuil. A splendid end to the walk. The wine was from a small producer linked to the ownership of the hotel and was very good for a “basic” Pinot Noir.


If you want a break from wine (wash my mouth out) there is museum devoted to planes, racing cars and motorbikes at Savigny.


Seconded, it is top notch