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The vineyards of Beaune have their own AOC appellation (photo: © M Joly)

the road less TRAVELLED CELEBRATED FOR ITS CULTURE, WINE AND CUISINE, BEAUNE HAS A CHARACTER ALL OF ITS OWN. BY VANESSA COUCHMAN.

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his medieval gem surrounded by the world-famous vineyards of Burgundy is a city of art and culture, and a gastronome’s paradise. As you walk its cobbled pedestrian streets and flowered squares, the city reveals its cultural heritage at every turn. Beaune’s most famous monument is the perfectly preserved 15th-century Hôtel-Dieu (www.hospices-de-beaune.com), with its multi-coloured roofs. A few steps away, another must-see landmark is La Moutarderie Fallot (www.fallot.com), the family-run mustard mill. Established in 1840, Fallot is famous worldwide for its flavoured mustards. And for fine dining, Beaune has some of the best addresses in the region. Special new activities are on offer, too.

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TUTORING IN TOP VINTAGES

CONVIVIAL CUISINE

Burgundy boasts a dazzling array of renowned vintages. Now you can hire the services of a wine coach to develop your knowledge and appreciation of them. Cristina Otel has impeccable credentials in the world of wine. She has created a new wine experience to share her passion – Taste Burgundy Wine School (www.tasteburgundywineschool. org). Her private programmes for sophisticated travellers provide inside information on winegrowing, making and tasting. You’ll learn how the unique blend of landscape, climate and soil gives Burgundy its outstanding quality. Of course, sampling top drops from the region’s most renowned vineyards and estates is a necessary part of the tour, too.

If you’re passionate about French cuisine, The Cook’s Atelier in Beaune (www.thecooksatelier.com) is for you. Marjorie Taylor and her daughter Kendall share their enthusiasm for real food, skilfully created from scratch. In a convivial atmosphere, they unveil the secrets of shopping and cooking as the French do. You’ll tour local markets and artisan food producers to select top ingredients, and even source some choice products from their vegetable garden. Then, you create delectable dishes in a hands-on cooking class, learning classic culinary techniques. And they tutor you in the wines to match with your dishes. Afterwards, it’s bon appétit as you sit down to the mouth-watering five-course lunch you have prepared.

Rendezvous en France 2013  

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