The region of Burgundy is famous for producing both excellent white and red wines, predominantly the chardonnay grape for white wine and the pinot noir grape for red wine. The region is small compared to the likes of Bordeaux, but it still produces approximately 200 million bottles every year and is a firm favourite in the UK.
About the Burgundy Wine Region
- Location: East-Central France
- Nearest Airport: Dijon Airport
- Regional City: Dijon
- Region Population: 1.644 Million
- Key Grape Types: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
Burgundy is recognised as one of the most significant wine regions around the wine, but it’s surprisingly small in size; it represents just 3% of the total vines planted in France and 0.3% in the World. With 70,500 acres of vineyards planted in Burgundy compared to 290,000 acres for the region of Bordeaux, it’s over four times smaller than it’s French counterpart.
The region consists of four regions that are located next door to each other. Chablis is located on its own to the northwest of the main city of Dijon. The area runs for roughly 75 miles from north to south, with Dijon in the north and Macon to the south.
Burgundy Specific Glassware
A typical Burgundy wine glass features a long stem, a large wide bowl that narrows at the opening, and they tend to hold a large capacity of wine. Nearly all manufacturers create glasses specifically for Burgundy wine because it’s so popular; Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape specific glasses (the two main grape types in Burgundy) are also popular choices with similar glass shape characteristics.
Learn more about Burgundy and French Wine
If you’re looking to learn more about Burgundy and French Wine, the ever-popular Wine Map of France will help! Covering the entire country, the beautifully produced and easy to understand map has been extensively researched and shows all the necessary information.
Five fun facts about Burgundy
- 70,500 Vineyard Acres within the region.
- Most popular grape varieties include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Aligote.
- The area comprises approximately 61% White Wine, 31% Red Wine and 8% Sparkling Wine (correct as of 2011).
- Regions within Burgundy include: Chablis, Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune, Cote Chalonnaise and Maconnais.
- The region has nearly 4,000 independent winegrowers.
If you love wine from the region of Burgundy, we recommend our selection of Burgundy glasses; using a regionally specific glass does make a difference, and it will enhance your wine drinking enjoyment. You can also see our general selection of all-round red wine glasses.