Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: each year, professionals, connoisseurs and wine lovers gather on the weekend of the third Sunday in November for festivities in the purest Burgundy tradition.

Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction 2020

The Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale will take place on Sunday 15 November 2020. The Wine Sale celebrations will take place over the weekend of 13-15 November 2020.

 

Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: a weekend of festivities and tastings

Numerous events punctuate this weekend of festivities: street performances, folklore parade, gourmet village and half-marathon through the streets and vineyards of Beaune. Beaune’s great wine houses compete to be the most creative and organise prestigious tastings: wines from the Hospices, rare vintages, appellations from all over Burgundy and thematic or gourmet tastings are on the menu. In Beaune and on the vineyard slopes, winemakers offer tastings of old and new vintages in their cellars. Gathered into wine-making brotherhoods, they organise gala dinners and inductions of new ambassadors of Burgundy wines.

Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: the auction

The highlight of the weekend, it’s organised by Christie's and takes place on the Sunday afternoon in the Halles de Beaune. Wines are offered for sale from an estate made up of donations and bequests for over 500 years, totalling more than 60 hectares, the majority of which is classified as Grands Crus and Premiers Crus. This charity wine sale acts as an international barometer for the market in prestigious wines and brings together Beaune’s major trading houses and buyers from across the world. However, due to its charitable nature, wine prices generally far exceed their usual course.
Since 2007, Christie's Live allows buyers to attend the auction live via the Internet and bid from their personal computers worldwide. The profits from the sale are used for heritage conservation and hospitals. Following the sale, a great candlelit dinner is held in the medieval stronghold of the Hôtel Dieu.

Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: the charity lot

Each year, the Hospices de Beaune support one or more charities represented by a personality from the world of arts and entertainment. The President's lot* is put up for sale in a traditional and picturesque manner, that is to say, by "candlelight", and the profits are donated to the charity supported.

The last presidents of the Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale 2019 were:
 

  • François-Xavier Demaison
  • Christophe Lambert, a faithful supporter
  • Tony Parker, who played the game by bidding on two “pieces”

 
The “President's Piece” is put up for sale in a traditional and picturesque way, that is to say, by "candle", and the profits are donated to the work being supported.

 

The lot equates to a Burgundy barrel, the equivalent of 228 litres or 300 bottles

Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction: the Three Glorious Days

The wine sale is the heart of a true "Rabelaisian" feast and forms part of an event called "The Three Glorious Days of Burgundy". It is preceded on the Saturday by the "Chapter" of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin (Brotherhood of the Knights of the Tastevin) and a dinner at Clos de Vougeot. It is followed on noon on Monday by a lunch, the "Paulée", at Château de Meursault. During this traditional meal, each guest brings their own bottles, giving this event a roundness and conviviality typical of Burgundy.

 

  • The Chapter at Clos de Vougeot takes place on Friday 13 November 2020
  • The Gala Dinner of the Hospices de Beaune Sale takes place on 15 November 2020
  • The Paulée de Meursault at Château de Meursault takes place on 16 November 2020

Festivities on the sidelines of the Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale 2020

 
This year, the Wine Sale will again be an opportunity to share festive moments based around wine. Mixing tastings in the estates, festivals in the villages, activities based around wine and vineyards and sporting events, there’s plenty to do this autumn weekend in Burgundy, on 13, 14 and 15 November 2020. In fact, there’s so much to do that you could even extend your stay - a weekend is far too short.
 

Burgundy's wine estates open their doors for you

Numerous wine estates are organising tours and specific tastings for the weekend of the wine sales. You can book them directly on our website from August 2020.
If you can’t wait to taste the wines of the Côte de Beaune, check out our tastings offered by the wineries and estates with our online ticketing service.

Gala dinners during the festivities of the Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale

It's a bit like discovering Burgundy from the inside. Attending a gala dinner in a Burgundy château is a memorable experience. Château Pommard has already chosen the date for its gala dinner: Saturday 14 November 2020. Other events will be posted on our website as we go along. If you would like to receive our Newsletter to stay informed, you can sign up on our mailing list.

For runners: Half-Marathon of the Wine Sale 2020

A great sporting event, the half-marathon brings together more runners each year. The 2019 event brought in a flood of new features. What will happen in 2020? If you would like to receive our Newsletter to keep you informed about the Half-Marathon, you can register on our mailing list.

Over the space of a weekend, the streets of Beaune are full of activity for the Hospices de Beaune Wine Sale

Beaune changes its whole look during the Wine Sale. The streets are full of life and the locals all have a smile on their faces. The 3 days of the Wine Sale are the perfect opportunity to party.
Mixing folk parades, gourmet stalls of local products and tastings on every street corner, coming to Beaune during this weekend means living Burgundy life to the full.