Beaune, city of the Hospices de Beaune and capital of great Burgundy wines
If its size makes it only the 8th city of Burgundy, Beaune is nonetheless the capital when it comes to wine. It is indeed around Beaune that are cultivated the most prestigious wines of Burgundy
If its size makes it only the 8th city of Burgundy, Beaune is nonetheless the capital when it comes to wine. It is indeed around Beaune that are cultivated the most prestigious wines of Burgundy… even of the world, let’s be chauvinistic …
Hospices de Beaune, Burundy’s treasure
Inside its medieval ramparts, the city shelters a very pretty historical center of which the most famous monument is the Hospices de Beaune. Perfectly preserved, this Hôtel-Dieu is a magnificent gothic building of the 15th century recognizable by its glazed tiles roofs. It once welcomed the poors and, in a way, continues to do charitable work since every year it hosts the most famous wine sale in the world, the sale of the Hospices de Beaune, whose profits help maintain the hospital Beaune. This sale takes place on the 3rd weekend of November and attracts a lot of people in Beaune. When you visit the Hospices, you will discover a beautiful period furniture as well as the painting of the Last Judgment by Rogier van der Weyden, a masterpiece of Flemish medieval art.
On Saturday mornings, a market is held on the square, facing the Hospices. If the weather is good, the terraces fill up and it’s a nice way to discover Beaune.
The best solution for visiting Beaune is on foot. You have to park along the boulevard that goes around the city center or on one of the car parks at the entrance of the city (free parking place Madeleine at 5 minutes walk from the city center), then walk in its narrow cobblestroned streets with elegant houses and discover the Collegiate Notre-Dame and, next door, the Museum of Burgundy wine housed in the former house of the Dukes of Burgundy.
Cellars of Beaune
Beaune will delight lovers of good food with many delicious restaurants and wine bars. Among our favorite addresses, Caves Madeleine offers a delicious cuisine and a rich wine list (plan for a budget though). You can also visit cellars such as those of Patriarche which extend for several kilometers under the city of Beaune. However, if you like tasty discoveries and authentic character, we advise you to visit smaller winemaker such as the Domaine Françoise André, whose cellars are in the walls of the city, or winemakers around the city. For these domains, however, remember to call before your visit. If wine lovers are always welcome, they are not big structures and the winemaker is not always available in the cellar.