If you want to visit Beaune, the wine capital of Burgundy and city of art, there’s nothing better than a walk along its typical little streets. Inside the city walls, Beaune unveils its charm: hôtels particuliers, timber frame architecture, flowed squares and gardens…Beaune is a city to wander!
In order to discover its exceptional heritage, Beaune invites you to visit its must-see monuments and museums: the Notre Dame Basilica, the wine museum…and of course, the Hôtel-dieu (Hospices de Beaune) which witnessed the era during which the power of the Duke of Burgundy spread all the way to Flanders and the Low Countries.
You can’t end your stay without having discovered the treasure Beaune hides below its cobblestone roads! Since the Middle Ages, Beaune has been a centre for wine culture and trade so no doubt it became the hub for international business in the 18th century. Beaune also became the Wine Capital of Burgundy where the best ambassadors are clearly the wine growers and traders who will let you discover their cellars and sample their best crus.
For a total Burgundy immersion, don't miss the sites dedicated to our regional specialties (cassis, mustard, Crémant de Bourgogne sparkling wine…)
The Côte de Beaune spreads across some twenty kilometres between Ladoix-Serrigny and the magnificent Maranges hillside.
This often narrow (just a few hundred metres) and magnificent hillside exposed to the rising sun is home to the greatest dry white wines in the world alongside red wines with a great reputation.
The renowned Côte de Beaune vineyard is closely linked to the capital city, Beaune, a true historical and economic stronghold in winegrowing Burgundy.
Above the Côte de Beaune is a 400 metre high plateau crossed by valleys that create a hilly landscape. They’re the Hautes Côtes de Beaune. Some twenty wine trading platforms have established their vineyards on the best exposed hillsides comprising the appellation Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Beaune.
Events Not to Miss:
Every year on the weekend of the third Sunday of November, Beaune hosts wine lovers from all over the world for the most famous charity wine sale in the world: the Vente des Vins des Hospices de Beaune. Whether a connoisseur or an amateur, you must see it!
There are many things to do during the weekend festivities: street performances, gala dinners organised by Burgundy societies as well as prestigious wine tastings offered by the largest family winegrowing domains and houses in Beaune.
Thriller Film Festival
It follows the Cognac Thriller Film Festival which had been held for 25 years in Cognac en Charente. The Beaune festival has taken up the main concepts with 2 juries, one comprised of film personalities and another comprised of police officer to reward the films and hand out literary prizes: the French Thriller Prize and the Foreign Thriller Prize from a jury of fifteen figures from the literary and film world.
Baroque Opera Festival
Since its creation, it has taken place over four weeks during the month of July and is held at the Hospices de Beaune and in the Collégiale Notre-Dame of Beaune.
A pioneer festival in the reconstitution of the performance of Baroque operas on old instruments, the Beaune festival is naturally considered the European festival of reference for the Baroque movement as well as the top French and European Baroque lyrical art festival.
Since its creation in 1982, the festival has scheduled more than 75 Baroque operas, 25 of which were recreations or world, European or French premieres; more than 80 oratory and sacred music concerts, 5 of which were recreations or premieres; more than 30 recitals; and one Baroque Song Academy.
24 Hours of Beaune
Don’t miss this amazing date with Beaune life, a crazy race filled with non-motorised vehicles in the middle of the St Jacques district where some thirty teams of young people, adults or mixed teams face off. Two days to enjoy the race, the atmosphere of the stands and the public performances.
Jazz Festival in Beaune
Giving young musicians a chance to evolve before a large audience, giving them the possibility of expressing themselves and exhibiting their talent and inventiveness is what JAZZ IN BEAUNE offers young regional musicians from Burgundy. JAZZ IN BEAUNE also highlights the great musicians. And don’t forget the samplings before the concerts offered by most of the appellations of Côtes de Nuits and Côtes de Beaune.