Beaune can claim to be the heart of Burgundy wine Country – although it is more of a largish town rather than a village.
Beaune (21 Cõte d’Or, BFC) is the centre of the region’s wine business, as most of Burgundy’s major négociants (wine dealers) are here. Beaune is renowned for its annual charity wine auction on behalf of the Hospices de Beaune. It is on the route des Grands Crus wine route/tourist trail amongst the Burgundian vineyards from Santenay in the south and then north to Dijon.
Visitors to the town can still see the 12th century ramparts around the town with their strong walls, towers and bastions, with the moat transformed into gardens. There are also renaissance town houses, including that of the Dukes of Burgundy! – and a wine museum (Musée du Vin de Bourgogne)
Beaune is famous throughout the world for the annual charity auction at the Hôtel-Dieu (Hospices de Beaune) which takes place by candlelight on the third Sunday in November. the highlight of a 3-day wine festival known as Les Trois Glorieuses
Beaune is situated in the midst of famous and prestigious vineyards, such as Pommard, Corton-Charlemagne and La Romanée-Conti – magical names for serious wine lovers. See the official Burgundy wines website. It is also widely-respected for its rich local cuisine and there are plenty of restaurants to try.
For hotels and other accommodation in and around Beaune including self-catering and B&Bs and the central Hotel Le Cep with its atmospheric cellar restaurant
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