Beaune is the jewel of Burgundy: quaint and posh, but also the home of people who love wine and the craft of wine and who have been able to keep alive one of the oldest charities anywhere in the world, the Hospices de Beaune. Today we talk to three listeners who have visited Beaune, loved it, and have great tips to share about places that will make you happy to be alive. Warning: drinking the wine doesn’t hurt either!
Each late January in Burgundy you can enjoy the Saint Vincent Tournante Burgundy Wines Festival. It is a combination of religious and secular traditions in celebration of Burgundy wines and the Saint Patron of wine. The statue of Saint Vincent goes around from village to village and the honor of hosting the statue is given to a different family each year. This year the celebrations are centered around the village of Irancy in the Auxerroi, about two hours drive south-west of Paris. Kelly Kamborian tells us how to best enjoy the festival as a visitor.
Places Mentioned on this Episode: Irancy, Nuits Saint Georges, Château de Clos de Vougeot, Beaune, Mersault.
Today on Join Us in France we visit Southern Burgundy, specifically the department of Saône et Loire (71) with Jeff Steiner of Americans in France.
This is an area that French people would qualify as “la France profonde” meaning that it is rural, has centuries of history during which strong culinary and viniculture traditions developed. Is it worth a visit? You decide as we discuss all the highlights in this area. I can’t wait to visit myself!
To Prepare for Your Visit
Jeff’s e-book: Southern Burgundy Explorer 2015: Insiders’ guide to châteaux, churches, wine & more
Places Mentioned on the Show Today
Saône-et-Loire Department, Beaune (Côte d’Or), Le Creusot, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Autun, Saint-Loup-de-Varennes, Château de Brancion, Châteaux de Cormatin, Voie Verte, Voie Bleue, Cluny, Plottes, Lugny, Viré, Saint-Gengoux-le-national, Chardonnay, Saint-Amour, Saint-Amour-Bellevue, Tournus, Louhans.
Today Kelly Kamborian, an American expat, takes us on a tour of Burgundy where she has been living for many years and where she’s a registered tour guide. Burgundy is world-famous for its amazing wines, but it is also at the epicenter of French history and culture. In many ways you cannot understand French history and culture without spending some time in Burgundy as the names that come up are a who’s who of French royalty. Burgundy is also where you can see some of the greatest Abbeys in the world: Clairvaux, Pontigny, Cluny, Cîteaux. Lots to do and see, you really need to visit Burgundy next time you come to France! For recommendations on restaurants, hotels and what to do with children, scroll to the bottom of this post and while you’re there share the episode on social media! To book a tour with Kelly, search for her name on Facebook or kellykamborian at gmail.com. Enjoy the show!