Autumn is the best time of year to visit Burgundy

While most regions wind down slowly as winter approaches, everything in Burgundy is waking up. As the harvest approaches, you can feel spirits rise. The pressure mounts, the winemakers are busy, the streets of Beaune are just as lively and the villages of the Côte de Beaune watch the comings and goings of the wine teams. This special atmosphere makes discovering Burgundy a wonderful adventure that will remain imprinted on the memories of our visitors.

What to do in Burgundy in autumn?

You’ll never be bored if you come to Beaune between September and early December. There really is something for everyone, whether you prefer to stroll through the vineyards to the rhythm of the harvesters, you’re more sporty and prefer to take a route through the vines by bike, or more contemplative and would rather enjoy the landscape from above by hot air balloon... Everyone really will find what they’re looking for in Burgundy this autumn.

1 - Join in the 2019 harvest in Burgundy

Some estates offer you an introduction to grape harvesting. What better way to understand wine than to go to its source. You can taste the grapes alongside the professional harvesters, interact with the winemakers, visit the wineries while learning the different winemaking techniques.

2 - Fly over the vineyards of the Côte de Beaune in a hot air balloon

There’s no doubt that autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the vineyard landscapes of the Côte de Beaune. And to get the best view, a hot air balloon remains the most appropriate mode of travel. Like a bird, you can admire the golden colours of the vines from up high.

3 - Enjoy a couple’s wellness weekend in Burgundy

Family summer holidays aren’t the best way to relax, as we all know. With young children running around all over the place and teenagers driving you up the wall, you always end up on your knees. How about coming to relax for a romantic weekend? The Marie de Bourgogne Spa or Fruit Therapy Spa in Meursault promise you absolute rest.

4 - 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.

5 - 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...

6 - Immerse yourself in winemaking culture at a local Burgundy festival

The people of Burgundy are always ready to party. And because they love to share their passion for local wines and other products, they bring it all together for unforgettable celebrations. Whether it's in Auxey Duresse for Coup d'Œil Coups de Cœur or Beaune for the Réjouissens de la Vente des Vins, it’s always great to 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.

8 - Cycling through Burgundy's vineyards

At the speed of a galloping horse if you’re a sporty type, or maybe you’ll opt for an electric bike, or perhaps you just dabble and would rather take your time … either way, cycling is the perfect means of getting around and discovering the autumn landscapes. You can stop at the bend of 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 walk and a tasting with Activ'Tours, which offers cycling and wine tours in the Côte de Beaune.

9 - 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 in the Hospices de Beaune: "Say 33..."?  The instrumental ensemble "Les Galants Caprices" doesn’t offer a consultation with the Mother Superior, but a baroque music concert: "An Italian air in Baroque Europe".
And if you wish, you can extend the evening in the Chambre du Roy for the rest of the concert, accompanied by a gourmet cocktail.
Prestigious concert and cocktail "An Italian air in Baroque Europe"

10 - Eat well at a Wine Auction dinner

In addition to the famous Wine Auction Gala held at the Hospices de Beaune, some wine estates host their own Gala Dinners to celebrate this special Beaune event. Exceptional wine and food are served in a true Burgundy atmosphere.