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Beaune: Wine Tasting at Château de Pommard

1. Beaune: Wine Tasting at Château de Pommard

Are the wines of Burgundy a mystery to you? Learn the basics of the most renowned wine region, from the appellations to the acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Climats of Burgundy with our WSET trained Wine Advisors. Understand the diversity of terroirs by tasting the soil expressions in the wines. You will leave with knowledge about winemaking techniques, biodynamic farming and what makes Burgundy the envy of the wine world. -Taste a selection of wines from Château de Pommard and Famille Carabello-Baum -The 5 subregions of Burgundy and their specialties but also Burgundy's Classification -The natural factors influencing the taste, style and ageability of our wines from the Clos Marey Monge Please note that Château de Pommard cellars can't be visited due to renovation.

Beaune: Maison Champy Guided Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

2. Beaune: Maison Champy Guided Cellar Tour with Wine Tasting

Explore the 15th-century cellars of the Maison Champy and its history in the heart of Beaune on a guided walking tour. Head to this prestigious climat, a vineyard site combining vine plots, grape variety, and winemaking know-how. Taste 5 Village and Premier Cru wines. Start your tour at Maison Champy, the oldest wine company in Burgundy boasting a history dating back to 1720. Discover the story of this prestigious wine house and walk inside its cellars. To cap off the tour, have a tasting of 5 wines.

From Beaune: Burgundy 10 Wines Grand Cru Tasting Day Trip

3. From Beaune: Burgundy 10 Wines Grand Cru Tasting Day Trip

You’ll be picked up at 9:30 AM at the Beaune tourist office and travel in an air conditioned minivan (maximum of 8 passengers) on this full-day wine tour. The tour begins with a winery visit in Beaune, where you’ll find a wide range of different wines, including several Premiers crus and Grand crus. You'll be introduced to different appellations such as Saint-Aubin, Meursault Premier Cru Les Charmes and Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru. After the winery visit you'll have free time for lunch and for a visit to the 15th-century Hospices de Beaune (admission to be paid on site). After lunch, you'll head out along the scenic Route des Grands Crus and stop at the famous Romanée-Conti, which produces the most expensive wine in the world. You'll also have guided tours at Clos Vougeot and in Côte de Nuits. Founded in 1098 by monks, the vineyard of Clos de Vougeot covers 50 hectares. The castle houses the brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin. Its wines are some of the most famous in Burgundy, including Le Clos Vougeot Grand Cru. At Nuits Saint Georges you'll have the opportunity to visit a wine cellar and share some time with the winemaker around a tasting of his best Pinot Noir wines. At the end of the tour you’ll be transferred back to Beaune and dropped off at the tourist office at 17:30.

From Beaune: Full-Day Bicycle and Wine Tour in Burgundy

4. From Beaune: Full-Day Bicycle and Wine Tour in Burgundy

Enjoy a full-day cycling tour into the vineyards of Côte de Beaune. Stop for a delicious lunch at a restaurant in a stunning setting. Delight your senses with a winetasting experience and uncover the secrets of the winemaking process. Meet your guide and get set up with your bike and helmet. Listen to a short briefing about how to use the bicycles, before embarking on your adventure through the heart of the Burgundy wine region. Peddle through the hills of the Côte de Beaune passing vineyards, villages, and fields. Cruise by a charming 13th century medieval castle which was home to a Count and Countess of Burgundy. Take in the sights, smells, and sounds before sitting down to a full lunch at a small restaurant nestled amongst the Beaune hills. After lunch you ride downhill to the Grand Cru of Puligny-Montrachet. Savor local flavors with a wine tasting session at the vineyard and learn about the different vines in Burgundy. Here you will understand more about the plant, the soil, and why Burgundy wine is one of the best. Visit the winery estate and stone cellar and get the chance to buy some bottles directly from the seller. Enjoy the convenience of having the bottles that you buy delivered directly to your hotel or home. Return to the meeting point in Beaune through an easy, downhill route.

Meursault: Tour of the Vineyards on Motorbike with Sidecar

5. Meursault: Tour of the Vineyards on Motorbike with Sidecar

Wind down small scenic roads with little traffic to reveal the hidden gems of the Burgundy region. Pass through remote villages and hamlets including Blagny, Gamay, and Saint-Aubin. Ride on a stylish motorbike with a sidecar, a perfect tour for couples. Begin your tour in Meursault, the capital of Burgundy's white wines and famous for the town hall with its glazed tiles. Drive-up Saint Christophe hill and view the fantastic panorama over Meursault and the coast. Make regular stops to take picturesque photos of the region. Drive around the beautiful Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet. Be as close as possible to the vineyards where your guide will explain the history of the area.

Veuve Ambal 1.5-Hour Cellar Tour with Tasting

6. Veuve Ambal 1.5-Hour Cellar Tour with Tasting

Travel to the Maison Veuve Ambal, a family-owned winery located in Montagny-lès-Beaune , on a 1.5-hour winery tour and tasting. The maison was established in the heart of Burgundy more than a century ago and has been making quality wines since 1898. Upon arrival you will be taken on a guided walk through the aging cellars and workshops. See the robots and automatons that make the sparkling wine and learn more about the process. Then continue to the Veuve Ambal shop, where you will have a guided tasting of 3 Crémant de Bourgogne drinks. Afterward, spend time browsing the shop and discussing your new wine knowledge. Visits start at: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 02:30 PM, 03:30 PM, 04:30 PM (+ 05:30 PM from 1st April to 30th September)

Beaune - Historic Guided Walking Tour

7. Beaune - Historic Guided Walking Tour

Start your tour at the Basilica of Our Lady, a Church dating back to the 13th century. Here, you will get to see a blend of Gothic & Renaissance styles. A statue of Black Madonna and collections which display the life of Mary can be seen here. Walk through the Place de la Halle, an open market located in the city center. Here, you will see many traders selling fresh food products including organic food. Admire the Gothic architecture at the Hospices de Beaune. Also classified as France’s most prestigious monuments. It was built as a hospital for the poor and dates back to the medieval period and is famous for its wine estate. Walk by the historic clock tower known as Beffroi. Located in Place Monge, it was built around the 13th to 14th century. The building has served as a watchtower and a museum for several hundreds of years. You will see the sculpture and monument dedicated to Étienne-Jules Marey, a French scientist who was born in Beaune. He is credited for creating a wearable device to measure the pulse known as the Sphygmograph along with other works. The monument was inaugurated in August, 1913 and the square where it is located is also named after him. Walk by the monument which is dedicated to the French mathematician, Gaspard Monge who is credited for his work on Geometry. His name is amongst one of the 72 names which are inscribed on the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Located in the historic center of Beaune, You will see the Remparts de Beaune which were built as a defense from invaders. The walls are very thick and high and are said to have protected an area of 2 hectares. Finally, you will have a chance to visit the Mural de la Grande Vadrouille. It will take you back to scenes from the movie La Grande Vadrouille released in 1966. If time permits, we will also visit the Eglise Saint Nicolas, the Roman church dedicated to Saint Nicholas which dates back to the 13th century.

Beaune: Beguiling Beaune Self-Guided Smartphone Audio Tour

8. Beaune: Beguiling Beaune Self-Guided Smartphone Audio Tour

Unless you have a deep knowledge of Burgundy wines, you’ve probably never heard of the small town of Beaune. On this walking tour, I’ll show you the different facets of the town, past and present, and show you exactly why it’s worth exploring. I’ll take you on a tour of some of the town’s wine merchants, tasting rooms, and cellars while I tell you about the wine board, wine school, wine museum, prestigious wine estates, as well as its famous November charity wine auction at the Hospices de Beaune. This might be the wine capital of Burgundy, but our tour isn’t only about wine, and as you make your way from Porte Saint-Nicolas ( Saint Nicolas Gate) and around the town’s centre, you’ll see plenty of the town’s art, history and charm. Along the way you’ll hear how, in the Middle Ages, Beaune was the seat of the parliament of the powerful Duchy of Burgundy. You’ll see Beaune’s Basilica of Notre Dame (Basilica of Our Lady) which was part of an old pilgrims’ route to the Holy Land. And I’ll point out Hôtel Dieu, once a luxurious charity hospital and now a museum within the Hospice de la Charité de Beaune, organisers of the charity wine auction. The museum is also home to a famous altarpiece by the renowned Flemish painter Rogier Van der Weyden. On this stroll through town, you’ll have the opportunity to: • View the unique exterior of Hôtel Dieu Museum Hospices de Beaune, with its flamboyant architecture and multi-coloured roofs • Hear about the Late Romanesque Basilica of Notre Dame, where none of the original statues survived the French Revolution • Take in the remarkable Medieval belfry, the Beffroi de Beaune • Stroll along some of the remaining fortification walls • Find out about the former residence of two dynasties of dukes, Hôtel des Ducs de Bourgogne, now a wine museum • Learn about some of our most famous cheeses • Promenade along the town’s squares including Place Carnot and Place Monge • See Beaune’s Hôtel de Ville (city hall) which once belonged to an Ursuline convent • Learn about the town’s indoor market, Les Halles de Beaune, and its long history going back to 1203 Join me on a 60-minute stroll through this Medieval town’s modern streets, which stimulate all the senses. By the end I’m sure you’ll want to come back again and again.

Side car tour with tasting a glass of wine in the vineyard

9. Side car tour with tasting a glass of wine in the vineyard

Beyond the discovery of the climates, go to meet the soul of the terroir of the great emblematic wines of the Côte de Beaune and discover the keys. Follow the guide along a route designed exclusively for you. The excursion includes a private tasting in situ in the vineyards of a white or red wine according to your preferences from a great Burgundy wine house.The appointment is fixed 5 / 10 minutes before departure to be able to equip the helmet (mobcap available on request), motorcycle goggles and know the latest instructions on the tour. The start is fixed at Meursault, capital of the great white wines of Burgundy,Always surrounded by the best vintages of the south coast of Beaune, the route will take small roads with little traffic to reveal the most secret corners of the region. The tour is designed to offer you the very first keys to understanding the Burgundy terroir.This experience is to live as a private ride, the sidecar carrying only two passengers. It is an ideal concept for couples. However, the circuit remains adaptable according to your wishes. Don't hesitate to talk about it. Similarly, it may be possible to extend the outing on simple request and if the next time slot is free by half-hour increments.Photo stops are planned very regularly at the best places (see highlights of each circuit) but we can make a stopover on simple request from you if you particularly like the place.Strong points: • Firstly: the unique experience of traveling aboard an exceptional vehicle • Then being as close as possible to the vineyard • The "mountain" of Saint Christophe and its fantastic panorama over Meursault and the vines• The landscape reading table in the middle of the Grands Crus of Puligny and Chassagne• The sensational view of the village of Saint-Aubin from the road to Blagny• The crossing of the villages or hamlets of Blagny, Gamay, Saint-Aubin, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay, La Rochepot, Orches, Saint Romain.• The unexpected and grandiose view of the castle of La Rochepot from the top of the village• Crossing the village of Orches at the foot of the cliffs• The fantastic panorama from the top cliffs with a view of the Jura and the Alps (depending on the weather) • Crossing the village of Saint Romain and its cooperages • Finally, the commented tasting of a wine from a great Burgundy house

"route des grands crus", dégustation de vins en Bourgogne

10. "route des grands crus", dégustation de vins en Bourgogne

Travel comfortably along the mythical Route des Grands Crus. Study the complexity of the terroirs and appellations as well as the history of Burgundy wines. Have a convivial moment during lunch; in a typical local bistro or at the table d'hôte of a wine estate. Discover the methods of vinification and ageing. Taste the finesse of Pinot Noir and the elegance of Chardonnay in two different estates. Visit the fabulous Château du Clos de Vougeot built in the 12th century by the monks of Cîteaux.

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Our guide, Emmanuel, was terrific. He knows a tremendous a mount about wine, and when we asked a lot of questions he answered them all in a way that made sense to us. The itinerary was thoughtfully produced. We enjoyed having lunch as a group. And the wine we tasted was excellent. Five stars for this tour!

Gilles is a wonderful guide. He knows his subject very well and transmits it with enthusiasm and efficiency. We learned a lot and he is very pleasant company. We highly recommend this activity which was one of the highlights of our week in Burgundy. Thanks Gilles! We will return!

Emmanuel was personable and incredibly knowledgeable, due no doubt to his many years of experience in the wine industry. The van was quiet and comfortable, and we happily bought wines at each stop…

Emanuel was all that our group could have hoped for . Knowledgeable about his area and his wines; great company and created some superb visiting and tasting experiences .

Knowledgeable, friendly and very informative guide!