Beaune, the Wine Capital of Burgundy, boasts unparalleled cultural, artistic and gastronomic treasures.
This unmissable stop on the Burgundy wine route is famous for its Hospices, Notre Dame Basilica and wine and mustard museums.
Beaune plays host to numerous festivals and events throughout the year such as the Saint Vincent wine festival, the Thriller Film Festival, the "Grands jours de Bourgogne" wine event, the Baroque music festival, and the famous Hospices de Beaune wine sale.
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Beaune offers 31 circular walking routes, from family discovery trails to hikes for all abilities.
With more than 470 km of marked, safe and labelled trails, there is something for everyone in the Beaune area: cliffs, vineyards, historic trails, etc. During your walk, you will discover various treasures: a pretty little Romanesque church, a castle, a dolmen, orchids, a peregrine falcon and beautiful wine-growing villages with narrow streets...
Two major themed routes will delight experienced walkers: the Chemin des Grands Crus (Grand Cru Way) for an 87 km hike from Maranges to Dijon criss-crossing the great vineyards, and the Combes & des Crêtes (Valleys and Ridges) trail with its 63 km of exceptional scenery along the cliffs.
Many other activities are also available: bowling, hot-air balloon flights, microlighting, helicopter trips, 18-hole golf course, horse riding, cooking lessons, quad biking, karting, high ropes courses, etc.
In the making for over 2000 years, Burgundy's vineyards have been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2015 thanks to their "Climats" (vineyard parcels).
These Burgundy "climates" have Outstanding Universal Value and are world-renowned treasures. There are 1247 Climates with evocative names like Montrachet, Romanée-Conti, Clos de Vougeot, Corton, Musigny and Chambertin that reflect the cultural diversity of Burgundy wine growing.
What makes them unique is that they have constantly sought to reference place (Climate) and time (vintage) as wine production quality markers. This search comes into its own along the Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune, on the 60 kilometres that link Dijon to Santenay, where the Climates form a mosaic of unique vineyards.
Just as with the creation of the AOCs (PDOs) in 1936, UNESCO’s recognition of the Burgundy terroir model guarantees the site will be protected and passed on to future generations.