In Spring

Finding out what’s on in Burgundy is getting easier, but it is still pretty hit and miss! We strongly recommend that you visit the Tourist Office in Meursault or Beaune to find out precise details.

However, on these pages we let you know about things that seem to happen every year and then, when we discover specifics, we give you details so that, if you want to, you can book in advance and not miss out! Please bear with us though as it is painstaking work and things can be changed without our knowing about it!

Where the year is specified, that’s what we have discovered is planned. Where no year is specified, that’s what seems to happen every year, but there is no guarantee! Just shout if you need help with anything.

 

Long duration events

Until 11 May in Beaune, we have the Beaune Vibrations festival of music. It takes place at La Lanterne Magique 19 rue Poterne 21200  Beaune. You can look for tickets here.

 

 

 

 

 

On 6, 22 April, 11, 25 May, 22 June, 7, 28 September and 12 October 2019 in Beaune there is a full day introduction to wine tasting (09.15 to 18.30). It comprises an introductory course, a commented tasting, lunch with wine tasting, afternoon landscape analysis in a Grand Cru vineyard, visit to Clos de Vougeot and a personalised tasting in a Cave. Run by the Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne, 6 Rue du 16eme Chasseurs. €210 per person from here. You actually get a diploma at the end of it!

 

 

From 6 April to 22 September 2019 the Alesia Roman reconstruction park is running an exhibition of glass jewellery, covering the history of glass from Egyptian times, via Celtic and Gallic glass makers, to current glass making in Nigeria.

It is near Alise-Sainte-Reine about an hour from Puligny.

 

 

 

 

 

March

From 3 March until 27 October 2019  in Beaune, at a restaurant called Helice, there are snail tastings! You start with a plate of snails (funnily enough!), then a toast with mousse of snail and then a snail salad. this is accompanied by a glass of Burgundy white wine.

From 1 April to 30 November 2018 at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot in Vougeot, there is an exhibition of the History of Festivals of the Middle Ages. €7.50 per person. Open April to October 09.00 to 18.30 and November 10.00 to 17.00. You can wrap this up with a visit to the Chateau and the nearby vineyards.

 

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 In March the Château de la Velle in Meursault usually have an open day with folk dressed in medieval costumes. You can taste and buy the wines and also regional products – great fun!

Also in March in the Chateau in Meursault they have a very traditional Burgundian dinner with the winegrowers of the village. Entertainment was provided by the “Merry Burgundians” one year. And a young chef receives the “prix de Banee”.

 

 

 

On 3-4 March 2019, at the Alesia Roman reconstruction park, you can learn to make ceramics the ancient way. It is near Alise-Sainte-Reine. The workshops run from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00.

On 10 and 11 March 2019 there is a similar thing to the above, but for weaving! The workshops run from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00.

17-18 March 2019, at the Alesia Roman reconstruction park, you can learn to work leather the ancient way. It is near Alise-Sainte-Reine. The workshops run from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 17.00.

 

On 17 March 2019 in Beaune at the Chapelle Saint Etienne there is a Spring market with a chocolate theme. There will be chocolate making demonstrations, tastings, pairings with wine, stalls selling chocolate, jams etc. From 10.00 until 18.00.

 

April

On 6 and 7 April 2019 in Les Halles, the indoor market in Beaune, there is a Salon of the Wines of France, called “Les Vineales”. Open from 18.00 to 22.00 on 6 April and 11.00 to 18.00 on 7 April. €8 per person.

From 3 to 26April2019 in Chagny, at the Agence de Tourisme, there is a watercolour exhibition of works by Michel Racine. Open from 09.30 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 18.00, Tuesdays to Saturdays. Entrance is free.

 

 

 

 

On 13 April 2019 in Beaune, at the Ateliers du Cinema de Claude Lelouch, 13 Boulevard Foch, there is a jazz concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Nat King Cole. €20 per person (including a glass of wine!). You can book on line here

 

 

 

 

 

On 13 and 14 April 2019 you can “Rediscover Aligote” (presumably a tasting of this wine) at the Cheteau de Couches in Couches, about 30 minutes South East of Puligny. Information is fairly sparse, but you could make enquiries via the Tourist Office in Meursault or Beaune.

From 20 to 22 April 2019 (Easter weekend) in Nolay, in the medieval marketplace, there is an antique market. 10.00 until 19.00.

On 21 and 22 April 2019 (for Easter) at the Chateau de Gilly in Gilly-les-Citeaux there is a gastronomic event (possibly lunch!) with a Jazz accompaniment featuring the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington etc. Prices are €68 to €86. Go to www.chateau-gilly.com for more information. 

 

Also on 21 and 22 April 2019, we have an open day at the “Ferme Fruirouge” in the hamlet of Concoeur near Nuits-Saint-Georges. This is an organic fruit farm which makes lots of products including Cassis, preserves etc etc. Open 09.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 19.00.

 

 

 

 

Between 26 and 28 April 2019 there is a Beethoven Festival at the Lanterne Magique in Beaune, with three nights of concerts. Friday and Saturday at 20.30 and Sunday at 16.30. Price €25 or €50 for al three together. You can book the concerts here.

 

 

May

On 4 and 5 May 2019 in Savigny-les-Beaune the village opens up for wine tastings etc, with tours of the vineyards by jeep, street musicians, activities for younger members of the family etc etc. from about 10.00 until 18.00.

Also on 4 and 5 May 2019, we have an open day “Spring on the Farm!” at the “Ferme Fruirouge” in the hamlet of Concoeur near Nuits-Saint-Georges. This is an organic fruit farm which makes lots of products including Cassis, preserves etc etc. Open 09.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 19.00.

 

 

 

 

On 11 May 2019 in the Abbaye de Fontenay in Marmagne, there is a Vintage Car Rally. We are a bit light on detail, but the tourist office should have more info.

On 18 May 2019, also at the Abbaye de Fontenay in Marmagne, there is a nocturnal concert of Medieval music. 21.00 to 23.00. Try to call +33 (0)3 80 92 15 00 for more information, or ask us to try to find out.

On 25 May 2019 at 18.00 at the Cuverie of the Maison Louis Jadot, 62 Route de Savigny in Beaune, there is a thematic evening, focusing on “the reality of the vintages”. Sounds interesting… Price €150 per person. Call +33 (0)3 80 26 31 98.

On 30 May 2019, in Beaune, there is a “gourmet walk through the vineyards” (In French Beaune Saveurs de Vigne). An eight kilometre (easy) walk, through the vineyards, with five stops where you can taste wines presented by the winegrowers themselves. This includes local food. Departures from 11.00 until 14.00 from the new winery of the Hospices de Beaune, Avenue Destades. €45 per person, Tickets from here. Or we can help too.

 

 

Grand frais
Go to basics
Go to tastings
Go to foodies’ corner
A fabulous charcuterie in beaune - Mainson Raillard, used by visitors to our vacation rental in Puligny Montrachet
Go to shops
Font in Chalon
Go to the pot pourri

 

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