Breathtaking view from Vézelay
Have you heard of Vézelay, the medieval village listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France" and the abbey on the top of the eternal hill, listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO? From the top of the hill, you'll have an incredible view of the surrounding vineyards and the forests of the Morvan.
The vineyard in autumn
The Route des Grands Crus (Route of the Great Wines) or the "Champs-Elysées of Burgundy" was created in 1937, which gives you an idea about the quality of the wines produced here along the 60 kilometres of vineyards where 32 of Burgundy's 33 great vintage wines are made. Added to that, the vineyard was also recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in July 2015! In autumn, just after the grape harvest, the vines change from red to magnificent gold shades, which helps us understand the real meaning behind the poetic name of the beautiful 'Côte d'Or' (literally meaning 'golden slope'). You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mont Blanc from the vineyard!
How could you possibly choose between a trendy bed & breakfast, a beautiful farmhouse made from Burgundy stone or to wake up overlooking the vines, all of these choices being a mere stone's throw from the famous Hospices de Beaune !
You will be entering the medieval village of Brancion through the only arched entrance, up on a rocky spur. The quaint little streets all lead to the Romanesque church of Saint-Pierre and the view over Grosne valley, passing by dressed stone, a remarkable indoor market and typical buildings on the way. From the top of the keep of the castle, the surrounding countryside stretches off into the distance, covered in Mother Nature's beautiful autumn colours.
The choice is yours, either a night in a bed & breakfast at the heart of the Mâconnais vineyard, a hotel with fine-dining restaurant in the riverside town of Tournus, or to stay in a quiet place near Brancion. Wherever you choose to stay, we guarantee you'll get a great night's sleep.
The Loire vineyard in Burgundy
The season for the grape harvest is also when the vineyard takes on the superb colours of autumn. Come and admire the patchwork of colours as you walk through the vines or along the banks of the Loire. Why not stop off at a wine tasting cellar to taste the famous Pouilly-Fumé?
Between the countryside and the towns, the vines and the Loire, your stay here is guaranteed to be a peaceful one. This is the perfect destination for a relaxing break.
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