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The region in the east of France covers 32,000 km². The capital is Dijon, home of the Université de Bourgogne, but the wine capital is Beaune. Administratively, it is divided into four departments: Côte d'Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne. However, the wine-growing region of Burgundy does not coincide with this. The wooded Nièvre with its oak wood for the production of barrique barrels is in fact part of the Loire wine-growing region. The Rhône department (not to be confused with the Rhône wine-growing region), home of Beaujolais, lies in the south and has a great deal of autonomy. Administratively, it belongs to the Rhône-Alpes region, but is counted as part of the Burgundy wine-growing region. The department of Yonne, which lies to the north and includes the Chablis area, is also known as Basse-Bourgogne.

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