Dijon was first established as a settlement under the Romans, but was only ever of minor importance and had no established trading reputation. But in 1032, Robert the Old became the first Duke of Burgundy, and proclaimed Dijon as his capital. In this privileged position, the city enjoyed vast wealth and power and developed a rich cultural heritage. Dijon was then situated on the 'spice route', and became known for its popular gingerbread produced as a result. As the gateway to a number of vineyards, Dijon was also famous for the many wines produced in the Burgundy region.