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Beaune

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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.

Hospices de Beaune photo: BIBV DR Go wine tasting in the cellars of Beaune Vineyards on the doorstep of Beaune, photo BIBV Amellephotographe.com

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 paraphernalia.

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. For 10 Euros you can taste the famous wines of the region – 18 in all, 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 9.5 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.

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tourist office

On arrival, your first port-of-call should be the tourist office on the ring road at 6 Bd Perpreuil. There is a handy 'passport' with details of all the major places to visit, town maps, details of excursions and events. Tel: 00 33 (0)380 26 21 30 

Market Day

Saturday with over 150 stalls

hotels

Burgundy holiday homes direct from owner

  • Rue de Maizières - a luxury self-catering apartment in centre of Beaune
  • Maison Chaudenay, Chagny
  • Beaune townhouse, sleeps 5, ref: 866634a
  • Beaune with pool, sleeps 8, ref: 1009553
  • Beaune, sleeps 4, ref: 846338

Places to visit nearby

Wine tours

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

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

New for 2014
Beaune Côté Plage - four natural lakes at Montigny-lès-Beaune, a great day out for the kids.

Car rental

Comparative, competitive prices, and you can book online with Auto Europe

Property

English-speaking estate agent with 7 offices in Burgundy – www.burgundy4u.eu

Property Finder with project management and interior design - www.burgundy-home-services.com

hospital

Hôpital de Beaune, Ave Guigone de Salins, 21200 Beaune tel: 00 33 (0)380 24 44 44

getting to and from Beaune
Beaune is 320 km from Paris and 158 km from Lyon, the nearest airport.
By train:
TGV via Dijon
TER regional trains
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By bus:

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Pam Elson ©burgundytoday.com