From Andrew Harper

For many wine lovers, central Burgundy’s evocative Côte d’Or ("Golden Slope") represents the anteroom to heaven. Quaint old villages and picturesque vineyards dot the region, which cuts a narrow swath between Dijon and Santenay. Chambertin, Musigny, Romanée-Conti and Montrachet are but some of the fabled Grand Cru estates that thrive here on surprisingly tiny parcels of land, Romanée-Conti occupying a 4-acre plot capable of producing only 6,000 bottles a year. Set aside at least a day and a half to explore Dijon and the northern Côte d’Or (known as the Côte de Nuits), and allow another day for the southern Côte d’Or (known as the Côte de Beaune), which includes the charming wine market town of Beaune.


All recommended hotels in Burgundy

Beaune, France
Hostellerie de Levernois
Hostellerie De Levernois

Gourmet sanctuary in a pretty parkland setting with huge cedar trees, formal French gardens and a rushing creek, 10 minutes outside Beaune.

Burgundy, France
Abbaye de la Bussière
Abbaye de la Bussiere

Manor house-hotel in a former abbey founded by Cistercian monks in 1131 that was also once the country residence of the bishops of Dijon, providing a convenient base from which to tour Burgundy’s great wine towns.

Château Hotel André Ziltener
Château Hotel André Ziltener

Stylishly appointed 18th-century mansion-hotel tucked behind lofty walls in a vineyard-surrounded wine hamlet on the fabled “Route des Grands Crus,” 20 minutes north of Beaune.

Hôtel Le Cep
Hôtel Le Cep

Opulent hotel created from several 14th- to 18th-century mansions in the heart of Beaune. The 61 rooms and suites, some with private terraces, are individually decorated and include features such as exposed wood beams, parquet floors, chandeliers and ornately painted walls.