The Patriarch winery is the must-see visit for culture vultures in Beaune.
It’s a unique venue that offers a first-rate wine and cultural experience rolled into one. The old convent of the Visitandines, where the cellars were first established in 1780, would be worth the entrance fee alone. The remarkable 18th century chapel features five labyrinthine kilometres of partially vaulted galleries. And what can we say about the setting for the three million bottles that are housed there? Although the décor could hardly be more distinguished, strolling through the complex is a very relaxed affair, with a series of audio-video terminals to help you along the route. Tastevin in hand, you can serve yourself at the special tasting points (with ten or so vintage wines). You can also draw on the expertise of the sommelier-consultants if you want. So far, so good – and you haven’t even got to the shop yet! Remember that if you book the exclusive tour or Visite Privilège in advance, you’ll be accompanied by a flesh and blood guide.
Auberge du Vieux Vigneron: This estate is located just 20 minutes south of Beaune in the village of Corpeau. Meals are served in the winery, a family home that has been converted into an intimate auberge. Savour the local cuisine, with meat cooked over a wood fire in the large central fireplace. There are over 200 different wines on offer, including those bottled by the owner, Jean-Charles Fagot.
L’Escale de Jule et Lily: Situated in Bligny-lès-Beaune, ten minutes south of Beaune, this beautiful house dating from 1925 includes two spacious guest rooms. The ceiling is decorated with cornices and mouldings, and the furniture is stylish. The table d’hôte consists of regional and gourmet cuisine. You can also go jogging or hiking in the vineyards with the owner.
5-7 Rue du Collège 21200 Beaune
Tel: +33 (0)3 80 24 53 78