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Visit Beaune during “Les Trois Glorieuses” wine festival.

Hello,

We have booked an Air BNB in central Beaune during the world famous “Les Trois Glorieuses” wine festival. However, since doing some research, I’ve learned that one needs a personal invitation to attend the main 3 events the festival is famous for. Since we aren’t wine makers or merchants we don’t expect we could ever find a way to receive invitations, so we are wondering if there are festival events happening in the area which we could participate in.

Any recommendations?

Thank you!

Pippa

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If this is the same time period as the Hospices auction, then I am told there are lots of free events around town. Not sure what is operating this year, but when we were there in 2019, they said it was a fun time to be in the area during the auction weekend.

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I'm sure Beaune has a TI or chamber of commerce type operation, they might be able to direct you. Perhaps making a connection at one of the wineries would get you in.

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Pippa, sorry but I can't address your query directly, but agree that emails sent to the usual places will surely give you an answer. Here however, is some related advice.
Trust me when I say that as part of an overall wine-appreciation program, a meal at Beaune's (original) 'Bistro Bourguignon' on the main drag, will be a highlight. It felt somehow less stuffy, less slick than other local spots and (sound of trumpet fanfare) offered up the best selection of A-list wines by the glass. We are forever trotting it out on forums when this sort of topic is posted.

Market day in Beaune provides for added value. Dunno, maybe one could find traditional metal 'tastevin' cups for sale there.

Nearby Meursault is worth a looksee too. It has its own, much more modest fall fest in October, an event that bien sur includes local wineries casually hosting the public. A stroll on the town's periphery will give glimpses of genuine, multi-generational grape-growing and wine-making. That small town joins its southern neighbour, Puligny, via a wonderful rural road perfect for cycling.

*Puligny itself is noted for its dry white wine tasting opportunity, and also features a quiet 'aire de pique-nique' table just at the entry to town, a superb spot for a stop with an immediate view to some of the most expensive/exclusive/authentic/picturesque vineyards on the planet.

You may also want to check out an even quieter meal at tiny Volnay. The trail from Volnay down to Meursault is both easy and bucolic. Pommard will be close enough for you to throw a stone at.

I am done. the grapes