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Recomendations for wine tasting and charming hotels in Burgundy?

Recomendations for wine tasting and charming hotels in Burgundy?

Jul 26th, 2001, 11:18 AM
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Alexandra
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Recomendations for wine tasting and charming hotels in Burgundy?

Hello,

I would like to get some recommendations for good wines, wineries or cellars to visit or try while in Burgundy.
Do you have some recommendations about charming places to stay near Dijon, Beaune and/or Auxerre? We will have a car rental, so we are pretty flexible on the location.

Also, this will be our first time wine tasting in France. We have visited Napa and Sonoma in California, USA, several times. How does the wine tasting experience in California compares to the one in Burgundy (or France overall)? Any tips would be welcome.

Thank you for all your tips and recommendations!

Alexandra
 
Jul 26th, 2001, 11:25 AM
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wes fowler
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Route du Vin, the Alsatian Wine Trail, runs west from Marienheim (west of Strasbourg) via Obernai and Colmar to Thann (west of Mulhouse) on Route 422. It passes through picturesque Alsatian wine villages and there are many opportunities for wine tasting and wine purchases.

There is a hotel/restaurant just off the ring road 4km west of Colmar called Auberge du Pere Floranc. Its listed in "Les Cuisiniers et Hoteliers de Metier" the guidebook of restaurants that feature high quality meals based on local dishes. It is at 9 rue Herzog - 68920 Wettolsheim. Telephone: 89.80.79.14: Fax: 89.79.77.00.

Route 74 running just south of Dijon and paralleling the Route E1 autobahn and passing through Chenove, Brochon, Nuits St. Georges, Pommard, Santenay among other villages, is one of the interesting routes that passes through the Cote d/Or, a major wine growing area of Burgundy.

In Colombey les deux Eglises, a small historical town just west of Chaumont on Route 19 there's another charming country inn, Auberge de la Montagne It's at Rue d'Argentolles - 52330 Colombey-les-deux-Eglises. telephone: 25.01.51.69
Fax: 25.01.53.20. It, too, has a gourmet regional restuarant.


You'll see many signs for wine tasting and tours on the roads as you drive south of Dijon. Look for the word "degustation" and you'll find wine tasting opportunities. Many of the wineries require advance reservations. Hereís a few that donít. They are all located in Dijon or in towns just south of Dijon.

Dijon: Caves de l'Espace Grevin, 13 Avenue Albert 1er. Open daily.
Tastings in the cellar beneath the city's waxworks museum.

Beaune: Cave des Cordeliers, 6 Rue de l'Hotel-Dieu. Open daily. Tastings
in a Franciscan friars abbey.

Beaune: Marche aux Vins, Rue Nicolas Rollin. Open daily. Wine-tasting
cellar in front of the Hospices.

Beaune: Patriarche Pere et Fils, 7 Rue du College. The largest cellars in
Burgundy.

Nuit-St-Georges: Morin Pere et Fils, 9 Quai Fleury. Open daily. An 18th
century cellar.

It's rare to find a wine bargain in Burgundy; expect to pay 40 to 50 francs for a bottle, minimum. (Perhaps you can settle for a jar or two of pate.) As an alternative, consider this: France has 14 secondary schools that train young people how to plant, grow,
ferment, age and bottle wine. There is such a school in Beaune, just south of Dijon. It is the Lycee Viticole, 16 Avenue Charles Jaffelin. From 8 AM to noon and 2PM to 5:30 (closed on Saturday afternoon and Sunday) you can taste and purchase the excellent, relatively inexpensive wines made by the students as part of their studies. Cellar visits are also possible. There are free 2 1/2 hour guided tours (in French) on certain Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM. Telephone 03 80 26 35 81 for details.

 
Jul 26th, 2001, 11:51 AM
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Lori
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Do a search on this forum under Burgundy. My husband and I have been there twice, and we have responded to numerous questions about the area previously. It is wonderful. Also check out www.burgundy-tourism.com for some great info!
 
Jul 26th, 2001, 12:17 PM
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Hi, Alexandra. Check out Le Chateau de Chorey les Beaune. My husband and I stayed there in October 1999 and loved it. It is a combination winery and bed & breakfast in a 17th century chateau, complete with moat and tower. We stayed at the top of the tower and had a wonderful view of the vineyards. Just a few kilometers from Beaune. Check out http://www.chateau-de-chorey-les-beaune.fr/
 
Jul 29th, 2001, 08:33 AM
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Alexandra
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Hi Cam,
Thank you for the tip about the Chateau de Chorey. I checked out their website and I liked it. I also made a booking, and will be staying with them while I visit Burgundy.

I also searched on the previous posts about burgundy and compiled a list of wineries. thank you all for the info.

Alexandra
 
Jul 30th, 2001, 10:35 AM
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karen
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You will love the Chateau de Chorey-les-Beaune. A beautiful setting and a terrific breakfast! Pleasant hosts and great location for exploring Burgundy.
 

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