The Cote d’Or is the most famous department in Burgundy because of its historic past as well as its gastronomy and vineyards.
The etymology of the place name is hardly insignificant. It is inspired by the golden colour of the vineyard leaves in the autumn.
Rich in prestigious heritage, the Cote d’Or can boast of having one of the most beautiful heritages in France.
In fact, its riches have continued to accumulate over the centuries ever since the Iron Age (as exemplified by the Vase de Vix exhibited at the Pays du Chatillonnais Museum). Proof of this lies in the Abbey of Fontenay, classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the site of the Battle of Alesia which witnessed the defeat of Vercingetorix or even the cities of Dijon, which is famous for the Dukes' Palace, and Beaune, known for its Hospices and glazed rooftops.
And to arouse the taste buds of the finest gourmets or gourmands, the local gastronomy is famous worldwide. Snails cooked in parsley butter, bœuf bourguignon and oeufs en meurette (poached eggs in a red wine sauce) are all typical regional dishes.
Its grand crus range from Marsannay la Cote to Puligny Montrachet. With a production of 200 million bottles a year, the Cote d’Or is universally notorious for its many prestigious wines: Gevrey Chambertin, Pinot Noir, Puligny Montrachet, Romanée Conti.
Moreover, the unique characteristics of its crus and land are highlighted through the “Climates of Burgundy” which is a candidate for inclusion on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscapes.