The name “Burgundy” comes from:
A. The medieval French word for a small village, similar to the Old English “burg”
B. A nomadic German tribe which once settled in the area
C. The Latin word Burgarius which was the name for a Roman province that once extended over most of central France
D. The early French rural governing bodies which were made up of noble councilmen known as Burrs
The name Burgundy dates back to the 6th century when a barbaric, wandering Germanic tribe known as Burgondes established a settlement in central France after the fall of the Roman Empire. They called the region Burgundia. However, even before the region was named, grapes grew in Burgundy. The area’s first documented vineyard was planted in the village of Meursault in the first century A.D.