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Hospices de Beaune

The world-famous Christian hospice in the town of Beaune in the département or Côte d'Or wine-growing area in Burgundy is also aptly called the "Hôtel Dieu" (Hotel of God). It was founded for charitable purposes in 1443 by Nicolas Rolin (1376-1462), chancellor of the Burgundian Duke Philip the Good (1396-1467) and his wife Guigone de Salins (1403-1470). Since then, the income from the associated vineyards and arable land has been used for the poor, as well as for the care of the elderly and the sick. The vineyards and arable land increased steadily through donations and legacies in the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits sub-areas. After half a millennium, the estate now comprises 62 hectares of vineyards, spread over some 40 plots, all of which have Grand Cru or Premier Cru status.

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