A little off the beaten track compared with some of the more visited parts of Burgundy, the Nièvre department is in the south-west of the region. The capital of Nièvre is Nevers.
It is the natural environment that is the main attraction for visitors to Nièvre, but there are towns and villages of interest that you will come across as you explore, and some interesting castles and gardens.
A land of history and traditions, Nièvre, formerly the province of Nivernais, is the ultimate nature destination, with its tranquil hedged farmland countryside, where Charolais cows roam peacefully, its mysterious forests, great lakes, waterways and many leisure activities for sports and outdoor activities fans. A land of water and greenery, the region is rich in secular heritage, and also delights lovers of culture and architecture, offering them a wide range of things to see, ranging from the Town of Art and History of Nevers to the Clunisian priory of La Charité-sur-Loire, through the ecomuseums of the Morvan and Bazoches Castle!
Nièvre is also well known for its white wine, Pouilly Fumé. The vineyards are scattered around villages including Pouilly-Sur-Loire, which lends its name to the appellation, Tracy sur Loire, Boisgibault, Saint Andelain. The word fumé is French for “smoky”, and it is said the name comes from the smoky or flinty quality of these wines. The only grape allowed in the Pouilly-Fumé AC is Sauvignon blanc, which produces wines that are generally crisp, tart, and somewhat grassy.
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