While most regions gently fall asleep as winter approaches, everything in Burgundy is waking up. As the harvest approaches, you can feel people’s spirits stir. The pressure mounts, winemakers are busy, the streets of Beaune certainly don’t begin to empty out and the villages of the Côte de Beaune watch the comings and goings of the winemaking teams. This unique atmosphere makes discovering Burgundy a wonderful adventure that will remain etched in the memories of our visitors.
What is there to do in Burgundy in autumn?
You'll never get bored if you find yourself in Beaune between September and early December. There’s something for everyone, whether you prefer to stroll through the vineyards to the rhythm of the harvest, or maybe you’re more athletic and would like to ride the vineyard route on your bike, or perhaps more contemplative and prefer to enjoy the scenery from on high in a hot air balloon... There really is something to delight everyone in Burgundy this autumn.
2 - Fly over the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune in a hot air balloon
There’s no doubt - autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the vineyard landscapes of the Côte de Beaune. And to take in the full view, a hot air balloon offers the most suitable mode of travel. Like a bird, you can admire the golden colours of the vines.
2 - Spend a romantic wellness weekend for two in Burgundy
Family summer holidays aren’t made to relax, as we all well know. With young children running everywhere and teenagers giving you a hard time, you always end up on your knees. So how about a relaxing romantic weekend for two? Spa Marie de Bourgogne or the Meursault Fruit Therapy Spa promise total rest.
3 - Taste Burgundy wines with a winemaker
Autumn is the harvest season, and many winemakers open the doors of their cellars to the public to share their passion for wine. It's time to discover famous appellations and other more discreet ones and learn more about the specific features of Burgundy’s vineyards. If the term "Climat" inspires in you images of sun or rain, these tastings in the wine estates will make you a connoisseur of the "climats" of Burgundy’s vineyards, which are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4 - Take part in the Wine Auction Half-Marathon
Running at sunrise through the vineyards of Burgundy ... have you ever dreamt about it? The Wine Auction Half-Marathon offers a circuit through villages with magical names: Pommard, Volnay, Meursault...
5 - Immerse yourself in winemaking culture at a local Burgundy festival
The people of Burgundy love a party. And because they love to share their passion for local wines and products, they bring it all together in memorable celebrations. You can head for Auxey Duresse for Coup d'Oeil Coup de Coeur and immerse yourself in Burgundy culture...
7 - Discover Burgundy truffle and its secrets
Wine, wine, nothing but wine... well, not quite. Burgundy is home to many treasures. And among them, there’s the Truffle. And it’s well known that autumn is the season of choice for truffles. If you’re curious, you can attend a truffle-hunting demonstration, and if you simply love fine food, our truffle growers will put together a tasting to delight your taste buds.
7 - Cycling through Burgundy's vineyards
At the speed of a galloping horse, if you’re sufficiently athletic, or maybe you’ll opt for an electric bike, or perhaps you just dabble and prefer to take your time, cycling is the perfect way to discover the autumn landscapes. You can stop at the turn on a hill to admire the shimmering colours of the vines. And if you've come to Burgundy to taste the wine, you can combine a ride with several tastings with Activ'Tours, which offers bike&wine tours in the Côte de Beaune.
8 - Attend a baroque concert in the Salle des Pôvres of the Hospices de Beaune
Do you remember the scene in the film “La Grande Vadrouille”
shot in the Hospices de Beaune: "Say 33..."? The Centre for Musical Studies of Burgundy (CEMB) doesn’t offer a consultation with the Mother Superior, but a baroque music concert: "Baroque Music Concert in the Chamber of King Louis XIV". See you on 17 October to listen to Bruno Angé on viola da gamba, Sara Chenal on violin, and Olivier Pelmoine on guitar and theorbo.
The city of Beaune and the Pays Beaunois region are full of talented chefs. No less than 10 Michelin stars have been awarded to these exceptional gourmet restaurants in total. A wonderful place for food lovers to visit - Burgundy awaits you.
9 - Touring the Michelin Stars
10 - Walking the hiking trails through golden vineyards
Along with spring, autumn is the perfect season to go hiking in Burgundy. It's not too hot and the scenery is beautiful. The vineyards of the Côte d'Or, and in particular the Côte de Beaune, shimmer in the sun. And when you get a little away from the vineyards, you’ll discover forests with yellow and red hues. And there's always an amazing place to put down your backpack and picnic in front of some incredible panoramas.
A weekend in Burgundy this autumn
To recharge your batteries, come and meet the people of Burgundy on the Côte de Beaune. Winemakers and locals offer a warm, discreet welcome, far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities.