Burgundy: Where Water and Wine Flow From the Source

The 1,247 “Climats” of the Burgundy wine growing region (including Montrachet, Romaneée-Conti, Clos de Vougeot, Corton, Musigny, Chambertin) are classified on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Only in Burgundy, and nowhere else on earth, has the desire to connect wine with the land that produces it been taken so far, and in such a re ned fashion. Not to mention the exceptional architectural heritage that lies within the wine growing region, in towns such as Dijon and Beaune.

With over 1,000 km of navigable waterways, Burgundy is also the ideal region for boating.

The “Canal de Bourgogne” is the best known of the Burgundy canals. It is also the longest (242 km) and bears the greatest number of locks (189).

The Yonne River runs through several Burgundy towns of great interest. The Canal du Nivernais links the Seine river basin to that of the Loire over a 174-km stretch dotted with 110 locks. The “Canal du Centre” links the Saône valley to that of the Loire. Its 112-km stretch is dotted with 61 locks and runs along several not-to-be-missed sites.


Five “Routes des Vins” dotted with wine cellars, restaurants and sites dedicated to vineyards.

Canals offer a different way to discover Burgundy, at a slower pace and enjoying its many attractions.

Different ways of discovering Burgundy by water: houseboats, barge hotels, cruise ships, boat tours.