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Burgundy Day Tours

 

Region

The Burgundy region runs from Auxerre in the north down to Macon in the south, or down to Lyon if the Beaujolais area is included as part of Burgundy. Chablis, a white wine made from Chardonnay grapes, is produced in the area around Auxerre. Other smaller appellations near to Chablis include Irancy, which produces red wines and Saint-Bris, which produces white wines from Sauvignon Blanc.

Cotes de Beaune

Burgundy is in some ways the most terroir-oriented region in France; immense attention is paid to the area of origin, and in which of the region's 400 types of soil a wine's grapes are grown. As opposed to Bordeaux, where classifications are producer-driven and awarded to individual chateaux, Burgundy classifications are geographically-focused. A specific vineyard or region will bear a given classification, regardless of the wine's producer. This focus is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are most prominent and producer's names often appear at the bottom in much smaller text.

Macon

South of the Cote d'Or come the lesser-known Cote Chalonnaise and the Macon regions. Macon vineyards use Chardonnay grapes and you will probably find as good wines as those on the Cote d'Or at a fraction of the price.

Most wines from here carry the Macon appellation but 36 villages have the right to call themselves Macon-Villages or to append the name of their village to the world "Macon". The most famous of all wines from Macon is the dry, soft Pouilly-Fuisse wine, which vies with the top white Burgundies in quality and price.

Hotel des Ursulines

Area: Autun, Burgundy

A superb 3 day drive from Beaune to Autun to Dijon to explore the wine art and culture of the region. You will visit Roman ruins, see sunsets over the hills of Morvan and stay in a 17th century convent where you will savor a perfect marriage of food and wine and of course wine tastings along the way.

Your hotel will be the charming Hotel des Ursulines in Autun, an old 17th century convent, located in the old part of the city, with a great view of Morvan regional park. Only 15 minutes away from Mont Beuvray european archaelogical center and 150m from the Cathedral and Rolin museum.

This hotel is highly recommended by many people who have stayed here.

Hotel Features :

Very quiet rooms, equiped with bathrooms, TV, phone (direct calls), mini bar.

Gastronomic restaurant

Bar

French garden style, over the roman ramparts

Terraces

Breakfast served in the old convent's chapel

Garage available ( additional charge)

 

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Dijon

Dijon Grapes
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The wine villages of Marsannay la Cote, Fixin, Brochon and Gevrey Chambertin open the way to what is known as the "Champs Elysees" of the Cote de Nuits on account of its red Grand Cru wines of world repute. Your guide will explain the special features of the winegrowing area. After visiting the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot, former wine storehouse of Cistercian monks of Citeaux and present-day headquarters of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (Brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin), you will round off a pleasant trip with a visit to a wine cellar with a tasting session.

Bottle of Burgundy

Burgundy Wine Tours from Beaune

The most famous wines produced here - those commonly referred to as Burgundies - are red wines made from Pinot Noir grapes or white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. Red and white wines are also made from other grape varieties, such as Gamay and Aligote respectively. Small amounts of rose and sparkling wine are also produced in the region. Chardonnay-dominated Chablis and Gamay-dominated Beaujolais are formally part of Burgundy wine region, but wines from those subregions are usually referred to by their own names rather than as "Burgundy wines". Burgundy has a higher number of Appellation d'origine controlees (AOCs) than any other French region,

Monks and monasteries of the Roman Catholic Church have had an important influence on the history of Burgundy wine. The first known donation of a vineyard to the church was by king Guntram in 587, but the influence of the church became important in Charlemagne's era. The Benedictines, through their Abbey of Cluny founded in 910, became the first truly big Burgundy vineyard owner over the following centuries. Another order which exerted influence was the Cistercians, founded in 1098 and named after Citeaux, their first monastery, situated in Burgundy. The Cistercians created Burgundy's largest wall-surrounded vineyard, the Clos de Vougeot, in 1336. More importantly, the Cistercians, extensive vineyard owners as they were, were the first to notice that different vineyard plots gave consistently different wines. They therefore laid the earliest foundation for the naming of Burgundy crus and the region's terroir thinking.

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Discover Beaune

Guided Tour with a Wine Expert

Take the train to Beaune and discover the city in the morning and have a guided tour of the vineyards in the afternoon. Beaune is the logical place to stay during your wine pilgrimage to the Cote d'Or and is actually the most visited city in Burgundy. It contains the headquarters of many well-respected Burgundy wine dealers in addition to grand historic sites that are worth seeing and gourmet food and restaurants.

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A day in Beaune

Departure : Wednesdays (other days available on request)

9.36 am Arrival by train

Morning: Visit to the largest Burgundy wine cellar, the Maison Patriarche. - 16 wines to drink. The cellar is located in the former Carmelite Convent, whose cellars are linked to those of the 14th Century Chartreux Monastery. Followed by Visit to a fascinating Mustard Mill

Lunch

Afternoon: Visit of the Hotel-Dieu is the treasure of Beaune, a 'medieval jewel', with its superb multi-colored Burgundian roof tiles. It was originally a hospice founded by the chancellor, Nicolas Rolin, and his wife in 1443 to help the inhabitants of Beaune who were suffering the effects of poverty and famine after the Hundred Years' War. It now also houses the Museum of Wine of Burgundy (Musee du Vin de Bourgogne) and remains an outstanding example of medieval architecture.

At mid-afternoon, you will leave Beaune, the capital of the Burgundy region where 322 out of 450 hectares of vineyards produce First Class vintages, to visit the prestigious Cote de Nuits, traveling by car through world famous villages such as Nuit Saint Georges (Vosne Romanee), with a stop to admire the Romanee Conti and de Vougeot Chateaux (Gevrey Chambertin).

Hospice de Beaune

Tours Around Beaune

Private Guided Tour

If you are staying in Beaune we offer a number of different wine tour options from 2-8 hours with hotel pick up and drop off. .

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2hr options

Overview of Beaune- Corton, Corton-Charlemagne & Chateaux discovering the vineyards and their panoramas. Tasting in a cellar of wine grower with the visit of the winery.

Cote de Beaune and the hautes Cotes de Beaune wine trails and typical villages. Pommard (red wine) Meursault (white wine). Meursault (white wine . Wine-tasting in the cellar of a wine-grower with the visit to his winery.

Cote de Beaune and the hautes Cotes de Beaune wine trails and typical villages. Pommard (red wine) Meursault (white wine). Meursault (white wine . Wine-tasting in the cellar of a wine-grower with the visit to his winery.

 

 

Half Day Tour Options

Côte de Beaune et Hautes côtes de Beaune (Aloxe Corton, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet).

Côte de Nuits et Grands crus (Romanée Conti, Clos de Vougeot, Chambertin).

 

Full Day Tour Options

Côte de Beaune, Côte de Nuits, Hautes Côtes +3 tastings

Mâconnais (Pouilly Fuissé), Beaujolais, + 2 tastings

Vezelay, Fontenay, Chablis + one tasting.

Burguny Countryside

Multi Day Tours

Free visit of the “Hopices Civils de Beaune” and the “Hotel-Dieu”: the multicoloured roofs of the Hotel-Dieu have become one of the symbols of Burgundy.

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3 Day 2 Night

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Arrival at Beaune in the beginning of the afternoon

Free visit of the “Hopices Civils de Beaune” and the “Hotel-Dieu”: the multicoloured roofs of the Hotel-Dieu have become one of the symbols of Burgundy.

 

From the date of its foundation, Nicolas Rolin had planned the donation to the institution of furniture, tapestries and other items, of which a detailed inventory dating from 1501 gives us a precise idea.

The beauty of the interiors rivals that of the exterior. In the great “Salle des Pauvres” ("hall of the poor"), decorated with multicoloured beams which are unique in the world, reigns a serenity which will leave no one unmoved. The halls of Sainte-Anne, Saint-Nicolas, Saint-Hugues and Saint-Louis are overflowing with treasures: statues, furniture, pottery, paintings, tapestries…and the kitchen has been restored exactly as it was in the 19th century.

The Polyptych of The Last Judgement, a master work by the Flemish painter Rogier Van Der Weyden has been particularly well presented in an air-conditioned room.

Discovery of the “Hautes Côtes de Beaune” route and its castles: Located in the southern part of the Côte d'Or, the vineyards of Côte de Beaune begins to Ladoix Serrigny and finishes in the Maranges.
25 km of an inexhaustible talent where, on 3000 ha, the greatest dry wines are next to red “Grands Crus” of great rename, such as Pommard, Santenay, Corton (the only red Grand Cru of the Côte de Beaune). Pinot Noir and Gamay are exclusive varieties of red wines. The Chardonnay gives us here all the richness and the complexity of its flavours.

Dinner in Autun:

Hostellerie du Vieux Moulin

In the heart of Burgundy, the city of Autun is over 2000 years old. When the “old mill” stopped operating in 1958 it was turned in a beautiful hotel restaurant. Its sluice gates are still on the Arroux River. Lunches are served in the shady garden in the summer time.

Night: Hotel des Ursulines

 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Guided tour of Autun: "City of Art and History" with Gallo-Roman monuments like the Saint-André Gate, the Arroux Gate, the Janus temple, the Roman theatre, the Couhard stone, the city's ramparts.

 

Saint-Lazare Romanesque cathedral: the tall 15th century stone spire that dominates the panorama of Autun helps recall the fact that the church of Saint Lazare, today a Cathedral, remains one of the major works of Cluny art and was built almost entirely between 1120 and 1130. The architectural perfection inspired by Cluny and the other nearby Romanesque buildings, however, might pale before the vividness of the work of Gislebertus, the craftsman... the biblical scenes of the capitals (several can be admired more closely as they have been moved to the chapter house)... the "Last Judgement" which covers the tympanum and the lintel of the central

doorway, with a multitude of elongated figures... the "Eve" -part of the lintel of the ancient lateral doorway-now housed at the Rolin Museum, all a testimony to the strength, the life flow, the truculence, the sense of purpose in the composition and the competence of execution so typical of Romanesque sculpture at its very best.

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Lunch at Hotel des Ursulines

Visit of the Rolin Museum: Gallo-Roman sculptures, bronzes, Roman mosaics, a 12th century sculpture of Eve, a 15th century Nativity of the Master of Moulins, a 15th century polychrome statue of the Virgin of Autun, 15th and 20th century paintings and sculptures.

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Rivault Farm: “Foie Gras” and “Duck Breast” tasting, accompanied by Burgundian wine: M. Labonde is a producer of fat ducks in Autun. You will appreciate a visit followed by a tasting; all the “gourmets” will enjoy themselves.

 

 

Dinner in the Restaurant “Les Jardins du Lac” in Autun (”planche Bourguignonne”: kind of plank-plate with several Burgundian specialities).

Overnight in Hotel des Ursulines in Autun

 

Breakfast at the hotel.

Visit of Châteauneuf en Auxois: on a rock, overlooking the plain, this powerful mediaeval stronghold was built around a square 12th century keep.

With flamboyant gothic living, quarters added by Philippe the Pot, knight of the Golden Fleece and Senechal of Louis XI, the château contains murals in the chapel, and tapestries depicting the life of Moise in the apartments.

Discovery of the “Côte d’Or” beautiful landscapes and its canals.

 

Lunch at the restaurant “La Cloche” in Dijon.

Free visit of Dijon, Whoever wishes to take in the full sweep of Dijon’s historical centre should climb to the top of the Tour Philippe le Bon. It was built by the third of the four "Great Dukes of the Occident" who reigned over the Burgundian States for more than a century from 1364 to 1477: Philip the Bold, John the Fearless, Philip the Good and Charles the Bold.

The former Palace of the Dukes of Burgundy is the veritable heart of the ducal capital which is now also the capital of an administrative region. It houses, along with the Town Hall, the Fine Arts Museum (Musée des Beaux Arts), one of the great museums of Europe. The museum’s reputation is based not only on the uncontested wealth of its collections but above all on its possession of masterworks of mediaeval paintings and sculpture, particularly the tombs of the Dukes of Burgundy.

Around the palace stretches the historical centre which is entirely preserved as a protected sector. It offers the visitor the charm of its squares and small streets for a stroll past half-timbered houses and elegant mansions, beneath the shadow of its church spires. Notre-Dame, the Gothic parish church dating from the 13th century is a veritable work of art in stone with its unique facade where rows of gargoyles alternate with slender columns topped by the Jacquemart Clock which has struck the hours of the day for the townspeople since 1383. The serenity of the historic buildings is contrasted by the bustling market which is held three times a week in and around the 19th century market halls.

 

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