The cradle of Chardonnay
The vignoble du Mâconnais is a wine-producing area stretching from Tournus to Mâcon, so for some 50 kilometres. Travelling through the Mâconnais area, with its mix of undulating wine valleys and towering cliffs, you feel the pull of southern France. These dreamy landscapes became the realm of the Chardonnay grape variety, with Gamay vines also growing in parts. The white wines you’ll taste here are powerful and rich in aromas. The odd flavoursome red wine is also produced.
Be sure to head into the heart of the Mâconnais vineyards, making for Viré-Clessé, Montbellet and Uchizy, trying a wine-tasting or two in the local wineries along the route. La Maison… Cave de Viré is a place where you can learn about the local Viré-Clessé wines, with their minty hints and distinctly frisky, full flavour!