Chardonnay is a small French village with 199 habitants, located in the department of Saône-et-Loire in the historical region of Burgundy now called Burgundy-Franche-Comte.
Its inhabitants are called Charneurons for the gentlemen and Charneuronnes for the ladies.
The village covers an area of around 1600 Acres and the land varies in altitude between 720ft and 1230 ft above sea level.
The Roman name for Chardonnay was Cardonnacum which means the place where the thistle grows.
« Chardonnay » is one of the 27 villages of the Mâconnais region (in Burgundy) which can put their name after « Mâcon » (historical place of wine trade) on the bottles’ labels. (One of the most famous in the USA is the « Mâcon-Lugny, les Charmes ».)
In 2019, the « Mâcon-Chardonnay » appellation is produced by 22 independent estates (wineries) and 2 wine cooperatives.
The area where the « Mâcon-Chardonnay »- the Chardonnay from Chardonnay is produced is about 500 acres. It produces less than one thousandth of the volume of Chardonnay produced the world over.
The wines are expressive and fruity and are often less oaky than others. The Vineyards are operated on the basis of sustainable development, that is to say a development that responds to today’s needs, without compromising future generations’ ability to meet their own. Every day, each task is thought out to achieve a balance between economic activity and environmental and societal impact.
Some things to do in and around Chardonnay
Visit our wineries for a taste of our local wines.
Go through the doors of the nearby Saint Philibert abbey which is celebrating its one thousandth anniversary year this year.
Wander the streets of the historic town of Tournus, northern gateway to the wines of the Mâcon region.
Transport yourselves back in time at the tenth century Castle of Brancion.
Take time out to eat in one of the many gastronomic restaurants in the area.