Hailed as the most wonderful place to drink wine in the entirety of France, the incredibly unique town of Beaune combines a pulsating passion for fine wine with glorious medieval architecture unlike anything you’ve beheld before. Surrounded by prestigious vineyards such as Pommard and Corton-Charlemagne, the town’s emphasis and energy is completely invested in wine and the complex processes that create the decadent delight; wine enthusiasts will convulse with pleasure when faced with the endless array of tours and tastings on offer.
The architectural crown of this magnificent medieval mosaic is undoubtedly the Hotel-Dieu, an unrivalled example of Gothic grandeur. The kaleidoscopic rooftop tiles top barrel-vaulted walls like cherries on a birthday cake, and inside, further visual delights await; precisely, the mural smothered St. Hughs Room and an awe-inspiring depiction of Judgement Day by revered artist Rogievan der Weyden. Although not quite matching the architectural decadence of the hotel, the Basilique Collegiale Notre Dame still presents a fine example of grandiose 15th century gothic style with the elaborate tapestries that hang from the stone interiors.
An integral, if not consuming, part of Beaune’s culture is Burgundy wine, so indulging in a vineyard tour is a necessity no matter how short your sojourn here. Tours of vineyards such as the Chemin de Bourgogne offer enthusiasts a guided tour in a 4x4 vehicle, panoramic vineyard vistas and unforgettable tasting sessions in charismatic and convivial cellars. The towering turret of the Burgundy Wine Museum entices travellers with its promise of wine related memorabilia dating back to the middle ages, in addition to stunning wine themed tapestries.
Housed within the graceful walls of a 1930’s villa, Le Jardin Des Remparts implement a creative culinary concept guaranteed to delight even the most discerning palate. Absorb the gentle ambience created by warm lighting and soft tones before sampling modern plates with a rich and robust regional influence.(10 Rue de l'Hôtel Dieu, 21200 Beaune)