There is nothing like Burgundy in the fall. Our guide met us in the lobby of our hotel for a full day of cycling. I wasn’t sure if I could take a full day but I certainly was going to give it a go – drank my protein shake and put on the spandex suit like a true pro.
After adjusting our bikes for us and giving us a run down of the day’s activities we were on our merry way. It was a glorious autumn day – ideal for discovering the Côtes de Beaune on bike.
We cycled for the first 2 hours on paved roads which was easy enough for this couch potato. Our guide stopped from time to time to point out renowned vineyards with pithy bits of trivia. Apparently, it’s the soil that makes all the difference and the best wines in France come from Burgundy!
We had lunch with a local wine grower who showed us his stone cellar before sitting down to a scrumptious wine-tasting lunch. We were served 7 different wines with a full explanation, selected carefully to go with our lunch menu.
Even if I was feeling a little tipsy, the afternoon ride back to our hotel in Beaune was pleasant enough. We passed through several villages, including Pommard, Volnay and Meursault.
All in all we cycled about 30 kms with plenty of stops along the way. What a fabulous way to explore this part of France!