We make travel to the region easy for you by including the Eurostar and TGV from London to Beaune (you can, as on all our tours, make different arrangements if your preference is to fly or drive).
Though Burgundy is often used to describe a much wider area of France, on this tour we focus on the greatest Burgundian vineyards found in the Côte d’Or, between Dijon and Santenay. The area is divided into the Côte de Nuits in the north, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. For centuries these sites have produced some of the finest wines in the world, now steeped in both tradition and prestige.
We stay in central Beaune at what is definetly the best 3* in the town centre, or you may choose to upgrade for a small supplement to a nearby 5* if you prefer. After our introductry wine tasting with our Wine Guide, we dine together at one of the excellent local bistros and taste a further selection of Burgundies.
Beaune is a beautiful medieval town with a maze of cobbled streets surrounded by ramparts and many fine 17th Century buildings, some of which are roofed with colourful Burgundian tiles. The most famous landmark here is the medieval Hospice, the Hôtel-Dieu, founded by Philippe le Bon’s chancellor Nicolas Rolin after an outbreak of plague in 1443. The Hospice owns 58 acres of vineyards and the wines produced are sold at the Vente des Vins auction every November. Nowadays all proceeds go to the modern hospital just outside the city walls. (See one of the two barrels (“Piece”) that Arblaster & Clarke Wine Tours successfully bid for at the 2010 auction in the picture below).