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I plan to stay in Dijon for 2 full days. One of them I would love to spend visiting wineries around. I heard that Beaune is a nice town where wineries are actually located. Is it true? If yes, would that be enough just to get to town and explore it on foot? Or I need a car? And how do I get from Dijon to Beaune? It is three of us going and I don't seem to find a guided inexpensive trip to wineries. Any advise?
There are no wineries located within the city limits of Beaune which may be visited on foot. However, some of the most famous producers are minutes away: Merusault, Pommard, Aloxe-Corton, Nuits-St.-Georges, Volnay among many, many others.
Beaune is a wonderful destination in itself but perhaps the best way to explore the wine producing facilities is by a tour organized through the Office de Tourisme:
The tourist office also rents bicycles.
One of the best and most interesting visits in this area is le Château du Clos de Vougeot. You'll gain a full understanding of the history of the region as well as wine in general.
While in Beaune, do not miss the Hospice:
Transco bus provides transportation from Dijon along N72 to Beaune.
Once again Sarastro is right on the money, but if I may, i would suggest you rent a car and drive down the N72 from Dijon to Beaune and stop as you please in the many places of interest along that 40-km stretch. You will encounter some of the most famous vineyards in the world (Romanée-Conti, Romanée St-Vivant etc) in Vosne-Romanée, not to mention all the Chambertin grands crus and as mentioned the Clos de Vougeot and many more. A stop in the village of Nuits St-Georges will be a delightful experience as you make your way down to Beaune. Once in Beaune, there is a free parking lot just outside the center of the town and from there (a mere 5-minute walk) you can visit the hospices, all the wine shops and if lucky, grab dinner at Ma Cuisine (www.justburgundy.com/growers_theregion_eat.asp), which is an absolutely fantastic little bistro that is always packed so book ahead if you have a chance. Split three ways, renting a car will give you the most for your money and along with the freedom to explore this unique area as you please.
Thank you for information! Links are very good and gave me some ideas of how I would spend my time there.
If you need a break from wine tasting and enjoy the occasional kir, while in Nuits St. Georges visit the Cassissium (a museum of cassis or black currants). If you don't speak French, they give you an audiophone with the tour in English and you trundle along with the group. It is a very interesting introduction to a traditional local product (black currents, not grapes) and then you are taken to the tasting room. You can taste the traditional kir but they have all sorts of flavors and you can experiment a bit. Most restaurants only offer 1 to 3 flavors so it's a fun and different experience. Needless to say, you exit through the gift shop but they have some very nice things and there is no pressure. It's a fun break and they were all very nice. http://www.www.cassissium.com
There is also a local cheese called l’amour de Nuits St. George that we absolutely loved.
BTW, you can do wine tasting in Beaune in several places. If you want to tour a winery, ask at the tourist information and they will help you.
Enjoy a marvelous region of France.
Also, for a change of scenery from all the vineyards, etc. (although a visit to the Beaune hospices is obligatory) not too far away from Dijon (1 hour's drive, tops), if you like architecture and history, a unique "experiment" is taking place (arguably the only one of its kind in the world) and is well worth a day trip: the construction of a medieval castle using only 13th century tools and techniques, fabulous. A slightly eccentric man started it 11 years ago and, with the help of over 50 craftsmen, hopes to finish in 15 years. It is now attracting 100s of 1000s tourists a year. Visit his well-designed website (in english):
If you go there, visit nearby Vézelay, and its abbey (one of France's most famous religious sites/abbeys, alongside Mont-Saint-Michel, Fontevraud, Senanque, etc.), a UNESCO World heritage site since 1979
"Transco bus provides transportation from Dijon along N72 to Beaune." Actually it is N74. Here is the link to Dijon bus company Transco cotedor.fr/jahia/Jahia/pid/4.... (then click on "Télécharger les horaires.."
You can also take a train between Dijon and Beaune (20min trip) Buses and trains both leave from the train station in Dijon.
Thank you for posting questions about Dijon, the first one in 2 months!:-))
Since you have a little time, go to the tourist office and ask for the owl's trail brochure (2,5€)follow the steps and they will show you and comment all the nicest sites in Dijon. dijon-tourism.com/uk/dijon_p...
Have a great stay!
Thanks a lot for all the overwhelming information provided!!!! I looked at many pictures of Dijon on Google Earth and started to doubt if I want to leave Dijon for one day out of two days there (because they have first train from Paris to Dijon only at about 1:50PM I‘ll loose one day for the trip) and I want to get as many photographs of the town as possible. Also I need to visit the museum of fine arts – as you see, too much to do.
But I also love to taste wine… Thanks to all of you! I tend to pay more for the car and be free to visit all the places I possibly can. Anybody knows how much is fuel goes for in France?
If you can navigate through the French instructions this will tell you where to find gas at the best price:
In general expect to pay anywhere between 1.25 to 1.50 euros but the distances between Dijon and Beaune are really short so it shouldn't cost you too much in gas
Add ADA to that list, very good value, 400 agencies in France
I just came back from Dijon. I took the TGV to go to Beaune for day trips a couple of times, very easy. If you don't have a car, the best is to go to a merchant store. Right in front of the Hospices de Beaune (Hotel_Dieu), there's a store called Marche aux Vins. It's a wonderful place for wine tasting. For 10 Euros per person, we each were given a tasting glass. We went down the cave by ourselves and there were for tasting about a dozen of different wines of the Cote de Beaune and Cote de Nuits, including several grand crus and premier crus from wineries such as Clos du Vougeot, Nuits St George, Meursault, Chateau de Marsannay. The tasting was no limit, no one to control how much we had, imagine that! it made Napa Valley so thrifty with their portion-controlled of the wine they offer for tasting. Then, we were lucky because the saleslady invited us for a free private tasting. We were given more and more wine and the lady kept on telling us any thing else you want to try, just let me know.
If you want to visit a winery, you can take the bus #15 from place Darcy in Dijon Centre Ville to Chateau de Marsannay. Same tasting experience, for 10 Euros per person, we got unlimited tasting of about a dozen of AOC, premiers crus, grand crus,including Premier cru du Clos de Vougeot and grand cru de Beaune. English speaking tour is 10 Euros in addition where you get explanation of every thing about Burgundy wine and more tasting of course!
I'm sure you'll be happy with either one.
Thanks carmye. It is always good to know you don't have to go far from Dijon to taste wine. I didn't know it was that easy, I will tell my guests. :-)