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Who are they?The 9 best guides for visiting Beaune and the Beaune region

Meet the guides to Beaune and its villages

Before you book your professional guide to discover Beaune and the villages of Burgundy, get to know them. Passionate about history and sharing, our guides are the perfect people to help you unlock the secrets of Burgundy’s great history.

Christine DUPONNOIS
  • Where are you from?

    I was born in Burgundy, on the Côte Châlonnaise. I come from a family of winegrowers. I spent 20 years in Africa and traveled a lot. I returned to France 10 years ago.

  • Why did you become a guide?

    In 1980, I met a tour guide in Paris, and it clicked: this is what I want to do.
    Guiding is not a profession, it’s a passion that I live every day.

  • Your job in three key words

    I love sharing my knowledge and meeting new people. I love contact with the public and adapt easily.

  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    My favorite place is the wine route from Beaune to Santenay, unique in France, between hillsides and picturesque villages.

Véronique MANGOLD
  • Where are you from?

    I was born in Dole, in nearby Franche-Comté. My husband is in the wine business, so thirty years ago we moved to Beaune.

  • Why did you become a guide?

    I began my professional life in social work, already passionate about history and old stones.
    What was just a hobby became a real passion over the years, then my second profession from 2012 onwards.
    These two paths are not so different: human relationships are just as important in one as in the other.

  • Your job in three key words

    Heritage, conviviality, leisure and I can add a fourth: service.

  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    I love going to the Hôtel Dieu rampart, which overlooks the former nuns’ garden. When the sky is cloudless, its blue provides a wonderful backdrop for the multicolored roof of the Hôtel Dieu, as founders Nicolas Rolin and Guigone de Salins look on.

Marie-Christine ARLAUD
  • Where are you from?

    I was born and lived abroad for several years, which enabled me to learn several languages. I have a double degree in history and art history, and during my studies my teachers used to tell us about Burgundy, Fontenay, Dijon, Beaune… and I fell in love with this fabulous region. I’ve been a Burgundian for over 30 years!

  • Why did you become a guide?

    To share with passion and enthusiasm the pleasure of telling the story of places, people, châteaux, abbeys, gastronomy, wine… But also to meet people from different cultures and show them my Burgundy!

  • Your job in three key words

    It’s a real challenge to use just three words, but I choose: passion, history and sharing.

  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    In the late afternoon, the narrow cobbled streets around the Collégiale Notre Dame or the landscape of vineyards as far as the eye can see just beyond Meursault, with Monthelie on one side and Auxey-Duresses in the distance… But there are so many others!

Alexia PAPIN
  • Where are you from?

    I’m originally from a small village near Cholet in Maine-et-Loire, but I’ve been around a lot: Bordeaux, England, the Loire Valley, Champagne, and finally… Burgundy.

  • Why did you become a guide?

    Even as a child, I loved history and, above all, I loved talking ;-)!
    At the age of 16, I discovered that there was a profession that combined history and sharing: tour guide – my path was mapped out.
    Sharing and exchanging with people from all over the world is a constant source of enrichment. My fear of boredom disappears, because I change the audience on every visit, and every day is different!
    My philosophy: “discover while having fun, far from history lessons!”

  • Your job in three key words
    • Share
    • Meet
    • Discovery
  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    Ah, it’s hard to choose! There are so many beautiful things. The Hôtel-Dieu is such an extraordinary building.
    But I also love walking with clients on the Corton hill, especially in autumn when the vines have taken on their beautiful red and gold colors.

Yuko CHOQUET
  • Where are you from?

    I was born and grew up in Tokyo, a city of novelties, changing fast and constantly. At university, I made friends from different regions, my first encounter with people from the provinces. Their pride in their roots and their land, their respect for local culture and products, made me want to learn about these differences by traveling and sharing this sense of pride.

  • Why did you become a guide?

    I really enjoy discovering other traditions and meeting people. That’s what drew me to the guide profession, while specializing in wine with a great love and interest for the cultural aspect of Burgundy wine. Today, I’m dedicated to bridging the gap between Burgundians and foreign tourists. To bring to life the landscape and architecture that travelers see before their eyes, I explain its history and how people are involved in preserving their culture. So that from now on, a photo isn’t just a travel snapshot, but evokes an emotion experienced on the spot: “I visited this place!

  • Your job in three key words

    It’s a moment of sharing, of joy and emotion.

    It’s like opening a bottle of wine, opening a window onto a foreign world. For me, guiding means sharing a moment of discovery and emotion!

  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    For me, it’s a whole: a peaceful landscape of villages topped by a distinctive church, surrounded by vines that exude a life force, I think this is the real jewel of Burgundy.
    The expression of the landscape changes with the time of day, very distinctly punctuated by the seasons.
    A picnic in the vineyards at sunset in summer is an indescribably serene moment. And let’s not forget the winegrowers’ cellars, where you’ll find good wines and smiles, conviviality and joy!

Marion ADAM
  • Where are you from?

    I come from Saint-Léger-sur-Dheune, in the heart of Burgundy.

  • Why did you become a guide?

    I knew from the age of 16 that I would become a guide, a wonderful profession. Whether in the Côte d’Or or the Saône-et-Loire, I still feel the same enthusiasm, because guiding is not a boring history lesson, it’s a multi-faceted discipline: a way of meeting new people and new cultures, adapting one’s speech to all audiences, an art of transmitting knowledge in a relaxed, good-humored way.

  • Your job in three key words
    • Communication
    • Knowledge
    • Fun
  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    The cliffs of Saint-Romain: totally unexpected, they jut out into the vineyards and offer a spectacular view of breathtaking beauty.

Karoline Knoth
  • Where are you from?

    I come from Franconia, a wine-growing region in Germany. Before settling in Burgundy, I lived in Alsace for four years. My art-history studies had already introduced me to Burgundy: Gislebertus, Roger de la Pasture, Sluter and others. Once I’d married a Frenchman, the question of “where to settle?

  • Why did you become a guide?

    I’m fascinated by Burgundy and its wines, culture and history. I love sharing this passion with my visitors. These exchanges are very important to me, as they always help me to discover new aspects and feed my curiosity and knowledge.

  • Your job in three key words

    At the heart of my visits is the relationship with my public. It’s up to me to make them experience unique, unforgettable moments, and to make them love the region. When I succeed and I see their eyes shine, I feel great joy and satisfaction.

    The job in three words? Commitment, competence, sensitivity.

  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    I hesitate between the Hôtel-Dieu and the vineyards. So let’s say: Meursault. Both are found here, with the Hôtel-Dieu holding part of the seigneury for a long time. And vines, of course.

Charlotte Fromont
Nathalie Fromheim-Boilletot
  • Where are you from?

    I’m originally from Haut-Marnais, but I spent my early childhood in Dijon, and what I remember of those years are the museums in Dijon. Around the age of 10, my parents and I moved to the Côte de Beaune, settling in Ladoix-Serrigny at the foot of the vineyards.

  • Why did you become a guide?

    Curious by nature, I love exploring new regions. That’s how I got into guiding, by chance, at an eco-museum in Franche-Comté: on a busy day, I was asked to show the exhibits in the museum, which I already knew very well from having visited it several times.
    An internship at Baume-les-Messieurs gave me the opportunity to learn about tours in costume.
    In addition to my degree in Art History and Archaeology from the University of Burgundy, I also have a CAP in cookery, to pass on this aspect of French culture.

  • Your job in three key words

    Today, I’m a tour guide and what I love about my job is meeting people, sharing and promoting my region.

  • Your favorite spot in the Beaune region?

    My favorite place is the Notre Dame du Chemin chapel in Ladoix. When I first moved to the village, I was always drawn to the site. I was lucky enough to be actively involved in the owner’s association throughout my studies and also through an internship after my bachelor’s degree, which taught me a lot. I was then able to pass on my knowledge to subsequent trainees.

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