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Dijon

Capital of the French region of Burgundy (Beaune is the wine capital). In 1772, the Université de Bourgogne (formerly Université de Dijon), which is also important for viticulture, was founded. Since 1947 it has been possible to obtain a diploma in oenology here. In collaboration with the INRA, an experimental institute for viticulture and cellar technology was set up in nearby Marsannay. Since 1982 it has been possible to obtain the Diplôme National d'Oenologue in a four-year course of study. The research work at the university focuses on fermentation, malolactic fermentation, research on Chardonnay and Pinot varieties with regard to varietal aroma and terroir as well as analysis of cellar-technical processes. Dijon is considered the centre of production of the currant liqueur "Crème de Cassis". In Dijon, the scientist Professor Raymond Bernard also selected Pinot vines(Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) with special characteristics. These vines, used in many countries around the world, are known overseas as Dijon clones or Bernard clones.

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