Beaune is a commune in eastern France, a sub-prefecture of the Côte-d'Or department in the Bourgogne region.
The area around Beaune, the Côte de Beaune, is known for its Burgundy wines, with Beaune (although lacking a Grand Cru vineyard within the commune) as something of a hub of the wine business, since it is the largest city inside the wine region. Beaune is known for its annual wine sales organized by the Hospices de Beaune.
It is situated on the route des Grands Crus tourist route among the vineyards. The road runs north from Beaune to Gevrey Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges and south to Nolay, Saisy and Autun.
Hospices de Beaune
Founded in 1442 by Nicolas Rolin, chancellor of the Duke of Burgundy, and his wife, the Hospices are a charity running hospitals and other services for the needy. Following from past donations, they own vineyards in Burgundy.
Beaune was the birthplace of:
Beaune is twinned with:
- Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States - since October 21, 2006
- Bensheim, Germany - since June 12, 1960
- Malmedy, Belgium - since June 11, 1962
- Krems, Austria - since March 23, 1976
- Katsunuma, Japan - since September 18, 1976
- Berkhamsted, United Kingdom