Wine Lovers, You Have To Visit Hospice De Beaune In Burgundy
Beaune is the gem of Burgundy, one of the finest wine regions of France known for wines and gastronomy. Planning a trip here? Make sure you don’t miss he Hospices de Beaune, which is named l’Hôtel Dieu (direct translation: hostel of God). It was a hospital for the poor established in 1452. The Flemish inspired architecture and distinctive tiled roofs of the building add to its glory till date. The building was used as a general hospital until 1971 and for the past 47 years, it has become a popular tourist spot.
Hospice De Beaune is best known for its famous wine auction. It is held on the weekend of the third Sunday in November each year and attracts professionals, connoisseurs and wine lovers from all over the world. They gather together to celebrate the wine festivities in the purest Burgundy traditions. The barrels of the latest vintage of wines from Grand and Premier Cru vineyards are donated to the Hospices to carry out the auction and fund its noble causes.
The main hall of the Hospices has wooden bed stalls with intricate tapestries where patients were cared for back in the day. There is a faux kitchen and a well-set pharmacy which shows how well the patients were taken care of. The patients, monks and nurses’ mannequins aim to take you back in time.
The city of Beaune other than the Hospices is known for its famous gastronomically rich restaurants, wine bars and a wine book and gifts shop. It is truly a wine lovers’ paradise!