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Cote de Beaune

Located in the southern part of the Côte d'Or, the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune begins with Ladoix Serrigny and finishes with the Maranges. Its calcareous plateau that feeds some of the best vineyards of the region, with the city of Beaune as its wine trading capital. Cote de Beaune is a sub region of Burgundy AOC.

Burgundy is also know for its Sparkling Wines known as AOC Cremant de Bourgogne. In fact, wine producers and merchants started making and selling sparkling wine in Burgundy at the start of the 19th century.  By 1943, they obtained the AOC  "Bourgogne Mousseux” designated white, red and rosé wines produced by second fermentation in the bottle. In 1975 the AOC  Cremant de Bourgogne, was created only for white or rosé wines. 

Cremant de Bourgogne. It is known under four different names : white Cremant de Bourgogne, Cremant de Bourgogne whitest of whites, Cremant de Bourgogne whitest of reds and rosé Cremant de Bourgogne. The Cremant de Bourgogne appellation was segmented into Eminent and the higher quality Grand Eminent.

Sample Itineraries

Wine Lovers Tour

Visit 1
Small Vineyard Visit & Tasting in Puligny-Montrachet
Visit 2
Vineyard Tasting in Saint Aubin
Lunch Pairing at Olivier Lefaivre in Meursault or restaurant in Volnay
Visit 3
Vineyard Visit & Tasting & Vine walk in Santenay
Visit 4
Tasting at Chateau de Santenay or a vineyard in Chassagne-Montrachet

Bouchard Père & Fils

Founded in 1731 Bouchard Père & Fils is one of the oldest wine estates in Burgundy consisiting of 130 hectares of vines, and 450 different vineyards, which include a diverse range of prestigous appelations and single monploes of which 12 are classed Grand Cru and 74 as Premier Cru.

Maison Louis Jadot

The story of Maison Louis Jadot began in 1826 with the purchase of the Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Ursules. The label of Maison Louis Jadot’s wines are characterised by the instantly recognisable image of Bacchus’s head on the bottle.

Château de Santenay

Château de Santenay is one of Burgundy’s largest wine domaines. Its prestigious heritage, which comprises a remarkable 9th - 16th century glazed tile roof Château belonging to Philippe le Hardi, Duke of Burgundy. In 1395, the Duke signed the founding document for single varietal cultivation in Burgundy. The document was named the “Ordonnance de Philippe le Hardi”. Pinot Noir thus replaced Gamay as the varietal used for red wine production in Burgundy.

Domaine Famille Picard

Located in Chassagne-Montrachet, the Domaine Famille Picard was founded in 1951. In 1986, they acquired his first estate, Château de Davenay, renowned in particular for its Montagny 1er Cru "Clos Chaudron". In 1997, the family acquired its fifth estate, Château de Chassagne-Montrachet. 136 hectares of vines spread over 6 areas between the Côte Chalonnaise and the Côte de Beaune. The domain required significant renovation and modernization of the 1,000 barrels vat house. The family produces about 130,000 botles per year 60% red & 40% whites.


The Côte de Beaune produces Chardonnays with a more intense gold color. On the nose, they are dominated by intense aromas of white-fleshed fruit, with floral, creamy, and oaky notes. In the mouth, they are ample, smooth, and powerful. The Grand Crus of the Côte de Beaune offer unrivalled aromatic intensity and length on the tongue.

Cremant de Bourgogne is produced from traditional Burgundy grape varieties which are organised into two categories. First category : pinot noir, chardonnay (minimum 30 % of production), pinot blanc and pinot gris.


There are 3000 hectares of the greatest “Grands Crus” wines located here. Santenay, Corton, Mersault, Puligny-Montrachet, Batard-Montrachet , Chassagne-Montrachet, Corton-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet Pommard, and Mercurey.


The Hundred Years War had recently been brought to a close but marauding bands, pillaging and destroying, continued to provoke misery and famine throughout France. Beaune had particularly suffered from these crimes and was declared destitute. In 1443 Nicolas Rolin and his wife, Guigone de Salins, chancellor of Burgundy to Duke Philip the Good, built the Hotel de Dieu as a hospital for the poor and needy. It is one of the finest examples of French fifteenth-century architecture and is now Beaune’s finest museum.

Sparkling Bourgogne became well known in 1830 when it was praised by French poet Alfred de Musset. Savigny-lès-Beaune near Beaune was one of the areas, which specialised in sparkling red wine. Most of the volume in Crémant now comes from Chardonnay grown around Macon and Beaujolais and represents 19 million bottles or 20% of Burgundy’s wine turnover.  Veuve Ambal near Beaune is the market leader.

Cote de Beaune Wine Adventures

In Burgundy food and wine are an art form. Since medieval times Burgundy has been famous for its local gastronomy. In fact the Cluny Abbey was just as famous for the delicious food the monks feasted on as it was for its devotion. You will eat well in Burgundy! Charolais beef, chicken from Bresse, river fish, snails, Morvan honey, epoisse cheese all contribute to the hearty home styled Burgundian cuisine… not to mention the delicious regional wines that accompany every dish!

Multi Region Journeys

  • Best of the Best

    Cote de Beaune / Cote de Nuits (2 days)

    Vineyard visit in Puligny-Montrachet, Santenay & Chassagne-Montrachet
    Lunch pairing at a vineyard in Gevrey-Chambertin and Olivier Lefaivre in Meursault
    Vine walk in Chateau de Santenay
    Vineyard visits in Nuits St George, Morey St Denis, Fixin, and Vosne-Romanée

    Champagne & Burgundy

    Cote de Blancs . Cotes des Bar . Chablis / (3 days)

    Compare Grand Cru Chardonnays in Champagne and Burgundy
    Visit the village of Hautvillers and Moet in Epernay
    Haute Domaine Vine to Table immersive experiences

    100% Chardonnay

    Cote de Blancs / Chablis / Cote de Beaune (5 days)

    Compare Grand Cru Chardonnays in Champagne and Burgundy
    Visit the village of Hautvillers and Reims Cathedral
    Cellar visit at Ruinart, Dom Perignon, and Billecart Salmon
    Haute Domaine Vine to Table immersive experiences

    100% Great Whites

    Champagne / Burgundy / Loire Valley (10 days)

    Vineyard visits at the best sparkling wine producers
    Visit the village of Hautvillers and Reims Cathedral
    Haute Domaine Vine to Table immersive experiences
    Cellar visit at Ruinart, Dom Perignon and Billecart Salmon
    Spend the day tasting Chablis at artisanal vineyards
    Visit top small wineries in the Cote de Beaune
    One day visit to Chateaux Chenonceaux, Amboise and Azay le Rideau
    Taste sparkling white wine in Vouvray and Montlouis-sur-Loire

  • Cultural Options

    Hotel Dieu Beaune is the regions capital of the wine trade. Wine auctions are held each November. Hôtel Dieu founded in 1443, is part of the Hospices de Beaune considered one of the marvels of Burgundian-Flemish art.

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