Day 1: Route des Grands Crus, 60 km made even more beautiful in autumn
Choosing to explore the Route des Grands Crus (Route of the Great Wines) is about exploring thousands of years of history! Go either by car or cycle along the Voie des Vignes to learn all about how the vine has been cultivated here over the centuries, and find out about the many winegrowing traditions.
Explore, observe and taste this winegrowing terroir at your own pace. Stop off at Pommard, Meursault, Chassagne-Montrachet… the villages bearing the same names as the legendary appellations.
It is also there, in the midst of the vines covered in shades of yellow, that you'll understand why the department was named the Côte-d’Or (Golden Hillside).
Meeting the winegrowers
Behind these vines stretching out over the rolling hills, there are the winegrowers. What better a way to learn all about the secrets of the great vintage wines and Premier Crus of Burgundy, than by meeting the winegrowers themselves?
Learn all about what they do, inside their private wine cellars, at the heart of their estates, let them tell you all about their passion.
The 3 superb winegrowing estates described below, 3 châteaux, provide the perfect setting for a wine tasting in an incredibly beautiful natural environment:
The ultimate museum to understand the local "terroir"
An unmissable visit on this getaway into winegrowing land is the Maison des Climats, the first part of the future Cité des Climats et Vins de Bourgogne which is due to open its doors in 2023. At this museum, you'll learn all about the famous "climats".
This term has nothing to do with the weather! It is used to describe a vine plot with qualities (geology, exposure, etc.) that have been recognised and identified for centuries now.
These plots are the key to producing outstanding, one-of-a-kind wines. No less than 1,247 "climats" have been recognised as world heritage by UNESCO!
Where is there to eat in and around Beaune?
As you explore the vineyards, along the Route des Grands Crus (Route of the Great Wines), stopping off for lunch or dinner is part and parcel of the experience, and a chance to put wine & food pairings into practice!
Day 2: Beaune and its wonderful heritage sites
This weekend getaway will be centred around pleasure for the taste buds... and the eyes! Beaune is the capital of Burgundy wines and is also hiding some superb architectural gems.
The Hospices, a hospital from the Middle Ages, is an iconic monument of Burgundy and bears witness to the golden age of the Dukes of Burgundy.
Not-to-be-missed: the inner courtyard with flamboyant Gothic-style architecture, perfectly rounded off with polychrome roof tiles.
The golden, yellow and green tiles glisten in the sun of the Indian summer.
Collect and then taste Burgundy truffles
After exploring the vineyards, it's time to head to the truffle farms! Autumn is the season for harvesting the famous Burgundy truffles. They are renowned for their subtle nutty taste and were a favourite of the Kings of France.
Come to the Maison aux 1000 Truffes 13 km from Beaune. Thierry and his dog will take you on a tour, through the oak and hazel trees, for a "cavage" demonstration. The tour ends with a tasting session of products made using truffles.
Fine-dining in Beaune
What would a holiday in Burgundy be without a fine-dining experience? There are 2 Michelin-starred restaurants in Beaune:
- Le Carmin serving delicious, traditional cuisine
- Le Benaton run by a Japanese chef who is passionate about French cuisine
There are also other great restaurants across the region, whose menus have been inspired by Burgundian specialities. Not-to-mention the wine list, that is often quite extensive.
Where to stay in Beaune?
Beaune is a historic town and as such, it is a charming place with plenty of accommodation to choose from, for a good night's sleep after an action-packed day.
Here are our two favourite places to stay in Beaune.
Hôtel Le Cèdre
A weekend of peace-and-quiet and luxury!Hostellerie Cèdre & Spa • Beaune
Hôtel Le Cep
A relaxing setting with discreet, high-quality service in the town centre of Beaune.Hôtel Le Cep