Burgundy July 2014

We drove from Eze to Burgundy passing by beautiful lavender fields in Avignon and Sault and sunflower fields near Beaune.  Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Cote d’Or area in eastern France.  The annual wine auction of Hospice de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France.  Beaune is surrounded by some of the best wineries in France.  We visited several on this trip including Santenay, Clos de Vougeot, and Domaine Faiveley.  The medieval town of Beaune is relatively small and very nice for exploring on foot.  The Hospices de Beaune or Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, in the center of town, is a former charitable hospital for the poor built in 1443.  Nowadays, Hospice de Beaune is a non-profit organzation which owns about 150 acres of donated vineyard land producing excellent wine for auction.

DSCF2367Lavender museum in Provence

DSCF2371Lavender fields


DSCF2374Hay bales in the field.

DSCF2405Chateau de Santenay – one of the largest wine producing estates in Burgundy.

DSCF2404Chateau de Santenay with its glazed tile roof.

We based ourselves in Beaune at Hostellerie le Cedre for the next few days.

DSCF2476Hospices de Beaune

DSCF2467Polychrome roof of the Hospices de Beaune.

DSCF2479Hospices de Beaune is considered one of the finest examples of Northern Renaissance architecture.

DSCF2485Courtyard at the Hospices de Beaune.



DSCF2493Room of the Poor is furnished with curtained beds on both sides.



DSCF2518Kitchen of Hospices de Beaune

DSCF2537Old dispensary

DSCF2460Wandering around Beaune




DSCF2582The Collégiale Basilique Notre-Dame

DSCF2586Collégiale Basilique Notre-Dame built in Burgundian Romanesque style.




DSCF2607Waiters on their break

DSCF2638Clos de Vougeot vineyard in Cote de Nuits.

DSCF2631Clos de Vougeot

DSCF2633Sun dial at Clos de Vougeot.

DSCF2662The cool cellar at Clos de Vougeot

DSCF2645Large old wooden barrels at the winery.

DSCF2715Sunflower fields outside of Beaune.



DSCF2744A visit to the cellars of Domaine Faiveley.



DSCF2757Wine maker checking the wine.


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