5 events not to be missed in France Burgundy
From Beaujolais to Côte de Nuits, Burgundy lives to the rhythm of the vine seasons but also through incredible events. Mixing art, history, modernity and traditions, there are many opportunities for us to discover the heart of Burgundy. Here are some of the many ones.
There are so many events in Burgundy that punctuate the life of the region that sometimes it can seem tremendously difficult to find the essential events. Especially if you have never been to Burgundy and you do not know the region. You also want to organize your trip and find an interesting event on the chosen dates of your wine tour ? But the fact is that you cannot find a website that allows you to organize your trip based on events that might interest you.
Organizing a trip on the basis of an event is a nice thing to do but how to organize all the logistics meanwhile ? Your hotels, lunches, dinners, booking your visits to the Domaines if you are wine lovers ?
I have many friends around the world who tell me “I would love to know which interesting events I should attend but I never know where to find the information and be informed regularly ? And what if I like is music, how to find an event related to music in Burgundy?
I told myself that it would be interesting to share with you according to the seasons festivals, sports events, open days of our beautiful domains.
First step, here are for me the 5 events not to be missed in our beautiful Burgundy !
1. Musique et Vins (Vougeot & Meursault)
This exceptional event has the particularity of opening us the doors of an international and inter-generational world in prestigious places. The Château Clos de Vougeot and the Château de Meursault welcome young and great international artists. Combining the sumptuous history of these places with the world of music as been created at the origin by the Brotherhood of Tastevins (la Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin) and renowned wineries. This incredible idea is supported by generous patrons and partners of the festival. Each concert is preceded by a tasting of the greatest wines of Burgundy awakening our taste buds for our greatest pleasure.
2. The Saint Vincent Tournante (Gevrey Chambertin)
In the Middle Ages appear the first mutual aid societies of Saint Vincent which then act as a social security for the vine growers. In Burgundy, each brotherhood has the statue of his Patron Saint, welcomed in a different family of the village year after year. In 1938, the Brotherhood of Knights of Tastevin revived this tradition in the form of a feast, St. Vincent Rotary, which is established each year in a wine village different from north to south of Burgundy.
The highlight of this festival is the early morning parade of the 100 confraternities of Burgundy gathered for the occasion, followed by a solemn mass and the enthronement of former winemakers. Throughout the weekend the village animated and staged by volunteers, hosts tasting cellars where winegrowers are happy to let us discover and share their production.
In the heart of winter, it is an important moment in the region’s wine year, which still keeps its main values based on conviviality and sharing.
3. The Hospices de Beaune Wine Auction (Beaune)
Every year, the Hospices de Beaune sells for the funding of Hospices charities. This mythical place of Burgundy wine was founded by Nicolas Rolin – the Chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy – and his wife Guigone de Salins, in 1443 to help the “poor sick”. The latter donated to the Hospices vineyard plots and over the years the Hospices became owner of 61 hecatres of vineyards of the greatest terroirs. In 1859, the sale of the great wines of the Hospices takes place every year on the third Sunday of November. The wines are sold in barrels put up for auction by Christie’s. Last year the most prestigious sale was a Bâtard Montrachet Grand Cru for the modest sum of 16,850 euros. For those who do not want to invest so much, a party is organized after the sale to taste the wines and it’s a great occasion to organize a wine tour in France Burgundy !
4. The Beaujolais Marathon
It all began on the trip home from the New York Marathon in 1995. Three enthusiastic runners from Beaujolais had the idea of establishing a Marathon in their own region of Beaujolais. Their founding principles are: “Understand how to give to others everything that you receive when you run in other parts of the world.”
“And why wouldn’t we be capable of organizing a tremendous festival – at its heart, a marathon through the whole of the Beaujolais – on the basis of the common values that unite our region: the sense of welcome, conviviality and community?”
So that’s how all began: a marathon with many surprises, where people run mostly in a disguise and where you get a bottle of nice Beaujolais when you join in.
You’ll be running the route between vines and castles (Corcelles, Pizay, Ravatys…) and makes your way through more than 12 different villages of Beaujolais. That means 15 opportunities for tasting Beaujolais wine, 9 of which are full sporting refreshments points, always maintaining the atmosphere of fun.
5. Jazz in Moulin à Vent (Beaujolais)
Each year, the Association “Moulin-à-Vent Grand Cru” gathers for Jazz in Beaujolais Moulin-à-Vent. The thirteen winemakers of the association are part of the flagship domains of the appellation, and they share the same strong desire to enforce the great wines of Moulin-à-Vent.
This day, devoted to conviviality and sharing, allows you to taste the wines of each present producer, for a moment of privileged exchanges.
A great Jazz artist will be performing at each session.
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