In the year 52 BC, after their conquest of Gaul, the Romans founded the town of Autun and brought vines to the region to slake the Gauls’ growing thirst for wine. Winegrowing began to take off, and the first record of its existence dates back to the fourth century AD. In the Middle Ages, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the two monastic orders of Cîteaux and Cluny really helped spread vine cultivation. Through their work, they helped the region take off and contributed largely to the wines’ growing reputation.
During the Middle Ages, the understanding of winemaking continued to grow. In the Bourgogne winegrowing region, people gradually worked out which were the best terroirs upon which to make wine. And this is how the nobles came to plant their vines on the hillsides around Beaune.
Today, by respecting this history while embracing modernity, the Bourgogne winegrowing region has become a key reference, thanks to the efforts of those men and women who work the vines and make the wine.