Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy and is not only famous for its magnificent Hospices but also for its great restaurants, wine-bars and cafés. It is a small town with so much to offer from museums, cellars and of course, wine- tastings. Whether you are here for a short weekend or a whole week you will find plenty to occupy your time.
If you have a car then Burgundy is your oyster. Should you wish to go further afield, then places such as Cluny, Citeaux, la Rochepot, the Ouche Valley, the Maconnais, Beaujolais and Chablis are all feasible day-visits.
Should you not have a car, Beaune and its vineyards are very easy to discover on foot. Only a leisurely ten minute walk from the gite you will find yourself in the premier cru vineyards that make Beaune famous. Should you wish to go further afield there are some magnificent walks.
The list is endless, however here are a few suggestions of what you can do in Burgundy.
Burgundy is obviously famous for its fabulous wines. Many of the larger wine houses (Drouhin, Bouchard, Patriarche) are open most days and weekends for cellar visits and tastings. In the smaller villages around Beaune, many vignerons open their cellar doors to the public. Sometimes organized tasting appointments are needed.
Bikes are available for hire in Beaune and if you cycle north or south along the Route des Grands Crus you will discover the wine-producing villages that read like a wine-list; Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault, Pommard, Volnay, Aloxe-Corton, Vosne-Romanée, Chambolle-Musigny, Gevrey-Chambertin. The Beane – Santenay véloroute is also extremely charming and if you are wanting to ride further then then cycle paths of the Canal de Bourgogne south of Chagny are lovely.
Why not get a birds eye view of the vineyards and see Burgundy from the air. There are various companies to choose from.
You can also discover Burgundy on the famous motorized Solex bikes which are available for hire in Beaune.
See Burgundy from the comfort of the quintessential French car, the 2CV. Either drive yourself or enjoy some tastings and be driven.
Beaune boasts one of the most beautiful markets in the region. It is held every Saturday morning, with a smaller one held on Wednesday mornings. Ideal for buying local produce which you can then transform into delicious dishes in our fully-equipped kitchen. In the warmer months there is also a Brocante market.
Every 3rd Sunday in November the Hospices de Beaune wine auction takes place attracting wine professionals from all over the world. Although tickets to the actual auction are very hard to come by, Beaune is alive with bands, food-stalls and tastings for one and all to enjoy.
Celebrating the Patron Saint of Winemakers, this festival takes place in January every year. There is a procession through the vineyards and afterwards cellar doors are open to welcome you in from the cold.
This Festival has now become an unmissable event for Baroque lovers. It takes place in the month of July and concerts are held in some of Beaune’s most beautiful buildings. See Festival de Beaune for more details.
Held in the middle of October this festival attracts the up and coming talents on the international Jazz scene. See Jazz à Beaune for more details.
In April film directors and actors descend on Beaune for the annual International Detective Film Festival. A must for cinephiles. See Festival International du Film Policier de Beaune for more details.
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