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Burgundy and Chocolate

In Mid-March the town of  Nuits St Georges (21 Côte d’Or, BFC) celebrates the annual Auction of Wines in support of the Hospices de Nuits St Georges

Vente des Vins des Hospices de Nuits: 11 March 2018

The famous and pleasant town of Nuits-St-Georges is in the heart of Burgundy wine country.  Similar to the better known November Hospices de Beaune auction, this is an opportunity for local winemakers to raise money for charity, whilst also getting some markers on the potential prices for their wines. Open to the general public entry cost €10 for an engraved glass and opportunities to taste the wines from the 2014 harvest.

Hotel la Gentilhommiere, Nuits-Saint-Georges

Hotel la Gentilhommiere, Nuits-Saint-Georges

By Train TGVTGV from London to Dijon

Make a weekend of it by visiting Dijon and the  Festival of Chocolate where Burgundy and Chocolate come together, and/or the  farmers’ and gourmet market and the  dog show or take part in the Half-Marathon.
Dijon Salon du Chocolat31March 2017 cancelled

Find hotels and other accommodation in Nuits-Saint-Georges including Hotel La Gentilhommière, as 16th Century hunting lodge on the edge of the town.

For more on the Auction

 

In Roman times Dijon was a crossroads between northern Europe and the Mediterranean. In the 14th century it was here that the Valois Dukes of Burgundy founded one of the most brilliant courts in Europe. Dijon then became the seat of the order of the Golden Fleece. From the Renaissance onwards, the townhouses of the Nobles of the Robe reshaped this “city of a hundred towers”.

Dijon’s pedestrian streets wind between medieval houses, churches and Renaissance townhouses. The Place de la Libération, created by Hardouin-Mansart, is one of the loveliest squares in France. In summer, its sunny café terraces are perfect for a city break…

Take a walk! The ‘Parcours de la chouette’ is a walking route, taking in 22 places of interest within the conservation area. Thrill seekers can do it on a Segway but… keep your balance!

Dijon, city of culture – Historic buildings, museums or panoramic views… n the Fine Art Museum, housed in the former Palace of the Dukes and States of Burgundy, Flemish paintings are displayed alongside 19th century sculpture and decorative arts. The modern art collection is astounding.

At the Charterhouse in Champmol, the “Puits de Moïse” is an extraordinary example of the splendours of medieval Burgundian sculpture.

The Halles de Dijon (covered market) was built in 1868, on classical lines, by the Eiffel company.

Vines and good food – On the slopes of the old “Côte Dijonnaise” appellation good food and wine are celebrated. Wine festivals, International Food Fair (Table de Lucullus)… Book a gourmet meal at one of three Michelin starred restaurants: le Pré aux Clercs, l’Hostellerie du Chapeau Rouge or Stéphane Derbord. Not forgetting the many wine bars where you can enjoy wines from local cellars. www.burgundy-tourism.com

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