1. Do you need to buy a ticket in advance to visit the Cité?
Buying a ticket in advance is not mandatory, but it will save you time on the one hand, and on the other it will guarantee you access to the Cité, for which visitor numbers are capped.
Tickets are dated and are therefore not valid for any date other than the one for which they are purchased.
2. How much time is needed for a complete visit?
You should leave around:
– an hour and a half for the visit in Beaune
– 45 min for the visits in Chablis and Mâcon
3. Can you bring children to the Cité?
Yes! Children are welcome at the Cité des Climats et vins de Bourgogne, where they will find a specially adapted visit in each of our Cités. A collection of hideouts and huts are equipped with educational, fun and interactive content specially designed for children.
The Cité also offers various activities for children and families. Check our agenda regularly!
4. Can you bring animals to the Cité?
Animals are not allowed inside the Cité, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind and service animals for people with disabilities.
Wine at the Cité
1. Does the Cité sell wine?
The Cité’s goal is not to sell wine, but to help people discover it, the aim being to refer visitors to the region’s wine cellars and estates. Therefore, it will not offer wine for sale by the case. However, wine will be provided for tasting at the end of the visit; for sale by the glass or bottle at the bar/restaurant; during workshops and tasting courses; as well as in special “educational” boxes sold at the shop. These boxes will consist of one to three bottles of wine and will be equipped with a QR code that links to a presentation of the wine by the winemaker and a video on each of the vineyards.
2. Which wines will be offered at the Cité?
The wines selected and offered at the Cité are drawn from from guides (Guide Hachette des Vins, Tastevinage, etc.), as well as from the Wine Board’s “Cave de Prestige”. Every year, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) selects the most representative wines from each AOC to best reflect the diversity of Bourgogne’s vineyards. Bourgogne producers and winegrowers are free to submit samples of the wines of their choice, from all of their vintages that are available for sale. The wines are then tasted blind and selected by a panel of experts before being approved (or not) for the “Cave de Prestige”.
Therefore, the wines offered at the Cité will be regularly updated and will showcase a range of estates.
3. What is the Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne?
Created in 1974 by the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB), the Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne is a pioneering force in France. It offers courses and training all over Bourgogne and throughout France.
Since November 2022, the Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne has been a subsidiary of the Cité des Climats et vins de Bourgogne and set up its head office at the Cité in Beaune at the beginning of 2023. It offers courses and tasting workshops for all levels at all three sites.
The Ecole des Vins de Bourgogne is also located at the Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie et du Vin in Dijon, offering immersive tasting workshops.
4. How will the courses and tasting workshops operate?
Visitors will be able to gain a grounding or hone their skills at each of the sites, through tasting workshops, oenology courses, or via certified training which will provide them with the keys to understanding Bourgogne’s vineyards.
The tasting workshops last for 30 to 45 min, while the oenology courses range from 3 hours to several days. Visitors will be able to find the annual programme on the website and book their desired offer via the online ticket office.
1. Is it possible to dine on site?
Discovery bars , devoted to food and wine pairing, are located in all three reception areas. Each location will offer its own atmosphere, its own view, an outdoor space, as well as its own food and wine pairing menus with locally-specific dishes and wines. You will be able to taste different wines from a regularly updated selection, for all budgets.
2. What can be found in the boutique?
A boutique-bookshop at each of the sites will offer a wide selection of products: cards, culinary products, textiles, books, board games, high-tech items, educational wine boxes, glasses and wine service, as well as various other things from the world of wine. There will also be games, activity books, and books on wine-growing for kids.
3. Why create a wine tourism information hub? How does this complement the work of the Tourist Offices?
A wine tourism information hub will be set up in all three sites to reinforce the primary vocation of the Cité: that of encouraging visitors to head into the vineyards themselves to meet the wine professionals.
Only tourism partners with the Vignobles & Découvertes label (restaurants, accommodation, places to visit and activities, etc.) will be highlighted by tourism experts and/or digital interfaces, to help visitors plan their stays in Bourgogne. In Beaune, the tourist office will be on-site within the Cité to direct visitors to all of the tourist sites in the Côte d’Or.