In the vineyards from Nuits Saint-Georges to Beaune

Aloxe Corton

Domaine Comte Senard. The estate has managed to successfully include aspects of gourmet, cultured and convivial wine tourism within its winemaking activity. Located at the heart of Aloxe Corton’s vines, the estate has set up, in a comfy setting, a whole structure to welcome guests. Hostess, wine waiter and caterer welcome you in the vault, in the cellars and at the table d’hôte. Over a meal, one tastes the estates wines and listens to the commentary. Walks in the vines and to the Clos des Meix are organised to help visitors discover the landscape. The Clos des Meix, fully south facing, produces a Corton grand monopole vintage, both elegant and seducing. At the place knows as “Chardonnay”, it the white Corton that feels off red soil. A rarity, the Corton is made up of pinot noir grapes, a “pinot beurot”, which gives a mineral and buttered wine, to be enjoyed with foie gras. The reading is tasty. Open Tuesday to Saturday. Tel.: +33 3 80 26 41 65.

Villa Louise and Louise Perrin cellar. Deep in the heart of Corton vineyards. From this elegant and old winemaker’s house, dating from the sixteenth century, the vines are an extension of the garden. One can see the village’s best vines and watch the harvest from here in September. Within the vaulted cellar magnificent bottles are tucked away, only waiting to be uncorked and tasted when you next pass by. Tel.: +33 3 80 26 46 70

Magny les Villers

Henri Naudin Ferrand’s Vineyard

She calls herself a workwoman, coming from vine labouring stock, but in fact Claire Naudin – mother of three boys – graduated in agronomy and oenology. All the poetry, the knowledge and affection she gives her Hautes-Côtes de Nuits is hidden behind her modesty. A great wine maker firmly set on her soil. Claire took over the estate from her parents in 1994 and has since left her mark through a craftswoman’s approach, using the true principles of sustainable culture. 22 hectares, of which 80% are in regional appellations. Emotive wines such as Le Clou 34, an exuberant white wine, or La Boisson des Tontons, a Passetoutgrain Burgundy – a wine for buddies – are amongst her red, rosé and white wines. Don’t hesitate to visit her website, the story of her small vine in the Echézeaux is a small novel. Tel: +33 3 80 62 91 50.

Chorey les Beaune

Domaine Tollot Beaut et Fils. Not only Nathalie but also Jean Paul, Alain, Olivier and Jack – a big family to go with their big estate. Established in the nineteenth century with vines in the district of Chorey and spread generation after generation towards Beaune, Savigny and Aloxe Corton. A mosaic of plots covers the 25 hectares planted in chardonnay and pinot noir vine plants. Depending on the spot, the climate, the position or the soil, harvesting has to be carried out accordingly. Magnificent wines such as the red Corton Bressandes and the white Corton Charlemagne are produced like a top designer sews his handmade dresses. Tel.: +33 3 80 22 16 54

Château de Chorey-lès-Beaune. A dove-cot, moat, meadows… a beautiful dwelling, typical of Burgundy architecture built between the thirteenth and the eighteenth centuries and registered as National Heritage. The 17 hectares estate, belonging to the Germain family, has Pernand Verglesse and Chorey les Beaune appelations and is worked following the principles of sustainable culture. With a limited production, the Tante Berthe blend, rich and deep was created from a selection of old vines over three first growths. It unveils aromas of raspberry, liquorice and mild spices. In tribute to their great aunt, Mother Superior of the Hospices of Beaune, who maintained both the castle and the vineyards within the family. Bed and breakfast and table d’hôte. Tel.: +33 3 80 22 06 05.
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Bussière Abbey. Founded in 1131 by Etienne Harding, third Abbot of Citeaux, the Cistercian abbey was for spiritual retreats for pilgrims and those in orders alike. It has been reconverted into a hotel yet keeps the hospitable tradition afloat by offering a haven of peace and luxury within its seven hectare park. Pearl Barley risotto with snails, crystallized Burgundy black currants are just some of the fare to be found at the Bistrot des Moines, dishes concocted by the Michelin recognised chef Emmanuel Hébrard who updates traditional Burgundy recipes. The hotel organises private visits to local vineyards. Tel.: +33 3 80 49 02 29

Château de Savigny. The château, surrounded by four round towers complete with machicolation, was built around 1340 for the Duke of Eudes. Today it belongs to Christophe Pont who runs the 20 hectare wine estate stretching out over seven first growths. Under the château and the fermenting rooms, one can visit the magnificent cellar, dating from the fourteenth and eighteenth centuries, which houses the vats and bottles of the estate’s wine. All the rest is worth a visit too! The outbuildings and parkland are full of museums. There is the Motorcycle Museum, one of the largest, with 250 bikes dating from 1902 to 1960. Then there is the Racing Car Museum showing off the Abarth prototypes. The Aeronautical Museum displays 80 fighter planes in the park. Fire brigade lorries, special tractors for cultivating the vines, model airplanes.. a day is not enough there is so much to see and to drink! Tel.: +33 3 8021 55 03


La Ferme de la Ruchotte. This farm offers a charming guest-house and serves high quality food. The dishes are cooked by the Chef Frédéric Menager using organic ingredients. If you wish to taste products from the farm you have to request it while you reserve your room. 21360 Bligny-Sur-Ouche. Tel. : 03 80 20 04