Beaune

Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Cote d’Or department in eastern France. It is located betweenParis and Geneva.

Beaune is one of the key wine centers in France. Indeed the annual wine auction of the Hospices de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France. Beaune is surrounded by some of the world’s most famous wine villages; the facilities and cellars of many producers large and small are in Beaune. It is an ancient and historic town on the plain, by the hills of the Cote d’Or. There are features from pre-Roman and Roman times, from antiquity, medieval, renaissance and modern times. Beaune is a walled city: about half of the battlements, ramparts, and the moat, remain in good condition.

The central “old town” is extensive. Historically Beaune is intimately connected with the Dukes of Burgundy. Landmarks in Beaune include the Halles, the Hospices, the Beffroi, and Notre Dame. There is extensive “traditional” shopping clustered around the central square with a focus on gourmet food, fashion, and wine. Large supermarkets, business parks, etc., are on the outskirts of town. Beaune is the center for wine industry services (such as tractor and cuverie equipment) and a number of wine-related institutes and education facilities. The train station is served by TGV, through Dijon orLyon. Beaune has a major fine food market on Saturdays with a large number of suppliers of everything produced in Burgundy and surrounding regions (for example, Bresse chickens, Jura cheeses, small goods, epicerie, produce of every type and seasonal specialties such as truffles). There is a smaller market on Wednesday. There are special-event markets and fetes throughout the year. Beaune enjoys a good amount of tourism, but it is not primarily a tourist-driven town, as it is sustained by the wine industry. There are about five traditional smaller hotels intramuros and about five chain hotels on the outskirts.Technically Beaune is a commune in eastern France, a sub-prefecture of department 21, the Côte-d’Or department, in the Bourgogne region.

Wine

Beaune is one of the wine communes of the Côte de Beaune subregion of the Burgundy wine region, which bears the name of this town. Although Beaune is lacking a Grand Cru vineyard in the commune, it is the hub of the region’s wine business, as most of Burgundy’s major négociants are here. Beaune is renowned for its annual charity wine auction on behalf of the Hospices de Beaune.It is on the route des Grands Crus tourist trail among the vineyards. The road runs north from Beaune to Gevrey Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges and south to Nolay, Saisy and Autun.

Hospices of Beaune

Founded in 1442 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, the Hospices are a charity running hospitals and other services for the needy. Following from past donations, they own vineyards in Burgundy.

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