BURGUNDY offers more A.O.C. wines than any other area of France. Burgundy wines are distinguished by quality level: regional (marked Bourgogne on the label), village (village name only), premier cru (village and vineyard), and grand cru (vineyard only).
The Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune are home to noble reds made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes.
The Côte de Nuits is anchored to the south by Nuits-St-Georges (where cassis used in the famous Kir is also produced) and includes the Clos de Vougeot estate, home to the Confrérie des Chevalliers du Tastevin, an international wine fraternity with an historical exhibition open to visitors. The Côte de Beaune is named for Burgundy's wine capital, best known for its 15th century Hospice, an extraordinary example of Flemish-Burgundian architecture. The Côte Chalonnaise district also produces quality reds and whites.