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In the middle of the Côte d’Or, Beaune is
the capital of the wine region. The town has a majesty about it rather
like one of the good vintages it is famed for. At its centre is the Hôtel
Dieu, the Hospices
de Beaune, with its inner courtyard and colourful tiled roof. Radiating
out are the cobbled streets with boutiques of all kinds from wine and
food to avant-garde fashion.
There are so many delicious looking shops to browse around.
Buy homemade wild peach jam from the tiny shop with a big name, Palais
des Gourmets on Place Carnot and be tempted every step of the way by the
charcuteries and patisseries. Bouché in Place Monge is famous for its chocolate and cakes, Alain Hess for cheeses and Boutique
Vedrenne has a glorious array of fruit liqueurs and marcs.
Winelovers should visit L’Athenaeum
de la Vigne et du Vin in Rue de l’Hôtel du Vin for books and
accessories and Le Comptoir Viticole in Rue Samuel-Legay for more wine
To sample the best of the region’s wine, visit the
Marché aux Vins opposite the Hospice. The ‘dégustation
des vins’ takes place in an ancient church, with its stone pillars
and arches forming the perfect backdrop. From 11 Euros you can taste the
famous wines of the region – with the best reds coming
at the end. Open every day throughout the year from 9.00-11.30 and 14.00-17.30. July and August without lunch break.
Another very impressive cave to visit is that of Patriarche
Père & Fils in Rue du Collège. The audio-guided visit
through the labyrinth of Burgundy's most extensive cellars ends with a
tasting of fine wine. Bouchard Aîné & Fils' headquarters are in the Hôtel du Conseiller du Roy on the ring road around Beaune. Their cellars are open seven days a week from 9.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.30 with an hour long tasting costing 11 euros (Jan and Feb, closed Mondays).
The town is famous for its Baroque Music Festival every
weekend throughout July, the Festival, 'Cours, Eau, Jardins' throughout the summer, the Jazz Festival in September, the Hospice de Beaune Wine Auction in November and the colourful Festival of Saint-Vincent,
the patron saint of wine each January.
See: Touring Routes
Saturday with over 150 stalls
Places to visit nearby
See Gourmet Tours and Tasting Lunches
Bourgogne Gold Tour - travel in a stylish Mercedes with local wine expert Youri Lebault
Burgundy Discovery - informative, informal and fun tours to independent wine growers
Burgundy by Request - private bespoke guided tours for wine tasting, history and culture
Burgundy on a Plate - guided wine and gastronomic tours
French Wine Explorers - organised trips with accommodation included
Wine Tasting in Beaune
luxury barge hotel cruises
Hemingway Cruises along the Canal de Bourgogne
guided half and whole day cycling and walking tours in the vineyards
Bourgogne Evasion will bring the bike to you, show you the vineyards around Beaune, and include a wine tasting en route
Cook with confidence
One-day cooking classes to learn to make traditional Burgundian dishes with Lynne Hammond