Adventurer's Index, France, Guest Posts Beaune: In the Heart of the Burgundy Vineyards Posted on June 17, 2014March 7, 2018Author Slowlanefrance The vineyards of Burgundy sprout just outside the ancient walls of Beaune. It is the capital of this region, one of France’s finest for wines. We met our old friends, Margie and Bob Rice here, and began our two days with a hike through the vines. Beaune has a beautiful cathedral with a sparkling pipe organ and ancient tapestries behind the altar. It’s possible to walk along the village’s ramparts too. But no visit here is complete without a wine taste. I’d suggest skipping the expensive and orchestrated tourist-office tours. It is possible to set up free wine tastes at some ‘caves,’ or tasting rooms. We joined Pierre Jaboulet-Vercherre for a marvelous, three-hour taste at his La Cave de l’Ange Gardien. Our second day we walked through the village, which is filled with cafes and shops and narrow streets. Perhaps Beaune’s best highlight is a visit to its Musee de l’Hotel-Dieu. Founded in the mid-15th century, it served as a hospital for the village’s poor. Its inner courtyard has steeply pitched, colorful rooofs. The hospital served the region’s poor, and not so poor, for more than 500 years. Today a visit costs about $10 and comes with an audio tour in English. Save two hours to see its rooms, hear about medicine over the centuries and view its magnificent tapestries. This is a walking village with plenty of ‘photo-ops,’ too. Next time perhaps, we’ll visit this private museum, dedicated to Salvadore Dali’s work.