Wines from the northern part of the Côte d'Or
By Russell Hone and Jean-Pierre Renard
This Guide was last updated on 26 April 2011
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Every year in the first two weeks of November, Dijon becomes even more of a gastronomic centre than it already is, with this major fair held at Dijon’s exhibition centre. As well as the many restaurants and shops dedicated to gastronomy, the fair also welcomes various craftsmen and local businesses. Each year increasing numbers of educational and hands-on displays are introduced; traditionally, local families visit the fair and it remains one of the most popular events in the region.
Useful information: Tel: 03 80 77 39 00. Web: www.foirededijon.com
Organised in mid-March in Marsannay-la-Côte, this fair enables you to discover the variety and richness of the products of the Burgundian countryside. Several dozen craftsmen and winemakers offer their products for tasting in a convivial atmosphere.
Useful information: Telephone the Tourist office on 03 80 52 27 73.
Every year during the last weekend of March the little town of Nuits-Saint-Georges bursts into life. Like its neighbour Beaune, it celebrates the famous sale of wines of the Hospice. The festivities start on the Friday with a tasting of Burgundy wines from the latest vintage with the public being allowed to taste on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. It provides an excellent opportunity to discover the great variety of the wines of Burgundy. In 2010 another event ‘Les Nuits au Grand Jours’ was held on the same weekend with a covered market and a tasting from the local growers named and this may be continued in future years.
Useful information: Tel: 03 80 62 67 04 or www.hospicesdenuits.com Entry €10 including an engraved glass. Also, check with the Nuits tourist office for details.
On the last weekend of October, Nuits-Saint-Georges celebrates the end of the vintage by organising a tasting of vin bourru (part-fermented wine, still full of sugar). The neighbouring villages join in this event by showing their wines for tasting and there is a friendly atmosphere with the vineyards arrayed in their autumn colours. It takes place in the Maison de Nuits-Saint-Georges near the centre and is a great excuse to experience Burgundy in autumn!
Useful information: Tel: 03 80 62 11 17. Web: www.lacabotte.com
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