Beaune is the capital and beating heart of Burgundy with many of the surrounding vineyards having their wineries and retail outlets located in the city. It truly is a wine lovers heaven. With cobbled streets and fairytale wine stores located on every corner, the city is a place which every wine lover should visit once in their lifetime. The city boasts buzzing vibrant cafe's, amazing restaurants and museums which all contribute to the luring seduction of the place.
Beaune is also famous for their annual wine auction Hospices de Beaune- France's premier wine event held on the third sunday in November. It is a festival showcasing the wines of Burgundy as well as the region's Gastronomy.
Below are some photos taken from a trip in late 2013, a week after harvest.
Located around Beaune is an array of villages whose names one usually finds written on the most expensive wines in the world. Names like Pommard, Meursault, Puligny Montrachet and Chassagne Montrachet.
The vineyards which surround Beaune to the north are predominantly Pinot Noir vines. As you go south past Beaune, you come to Pommard, which is a small village that specialise in the production of Pinot Noir. The wines are usually tannic, full-bodied and fleshy. A number of the regions best Premier cru vineyards are located here, including Les Rugiens.