We drove from Eze to Burgundy passing by beautiful lavender fields in Avignon and Sault and sunflower fields near Beaune. Beaune is the wine capital of Burgundy in the Cote d’Or area in eastern France. The annual wine auction of Hospice de Beaune is the primary wine auction in France. Beaune is surrounded by some of the best wineries in France. We visited several on this trip including Santenay, Clos de Vougeot, and Domaine Faiveley. The medieval town of Beaune is relatively small and very nice for exploring on foot. The Hospices de Beaune or Hotel-Dieu de Beaune, in the center of town, is a former charitable hospital for the poor built in 1443. Nowadays, Hospice de Beaune is a non-profit organzation which owns about 150 acres of donated vineyard land producing excellent wine for auction.
We based ourselves in Beaune at Hostellerie le Cedre for the next few days.