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  • Foundation of the Chaintré wine cooperative

  • 1928
  • Based in Southern Burgundy, the “Cave de Chaintré” is one of the oldest wine cooperatives in France. The cooperative has brought together a group of vinegrowers with a passion for the Chardonnay, emblematic grape variety of the region since 1928. The winery they use is set over an ancient Gallo-Roman villa and has gone through several stages of investment over the years, with investment in equipment including bespoke temperature control apparatus that is essential for crafting white wine.

  • Foundation of the “Cave des producteurs de Julienas”

  • 1961
  • Château du Bois de la Salle was built in the 17th century to be a picturesque home for a religious order. It was occupied by monks until 1658, when it was bought by Baron Charrier de Laroche, who was first chaplain to Napoleon 1st. The château remained in the same family until 1961, the year when Count Serres de Mesples, a descendant of Charrier de Laroche, ceded the property first, for it to become the “Cave des producteurs de Juliénas” headquarters, then for the winery itself to be set up there. A total of 83 winemakers decided to join forces to promote Beaujolais wines from there. Raoul Janin, Mayor of Jullié, rural development engineer in Lyon and vineyard owner, became the first president of this alliance.

  • Tasting cellar Opening

  • 1963
  • For a long time, wines in Burgundy and Beaujolais were traditionally sold by local wine broker partners. In order to gain higher tourist visibility and to be able to sell their wines direct, wine cooperatives started creating dedicated tasting and sales areas: this was the advent of tasting cellars.
    Customers would now be given a warm welcome in Château du Bois de la Salle in Juliénas and at “Le Moulin à l’Or” in Chaintré that is surrounded by vineyards and overlooks the Mâcon basin.

  • Expansion of Julienas’s Vatroom

  • 1993
  • 1993 was a key year in the history of the “Cave des producteurs de Juliénas”. After three successive extensions, the winemaking cellar was now equipped with particularly well-suited, efficient and innovative material that helped the winemakers to refine their winemaking process even further. The sales area and the administrative block also underwent full renovation, making for better working conditions and a customer reception that was better adapted to current trends.

  • Creation of a Tasting & Sales Area in Chaintré

  • 2010
  • The cellar at Chaintré gave itself a new, innovative look and mission by creating its new Tasting & Sales Area within its production site. Visitors can discover the wines produced by the cellar as well as regional produce in a modern and welcoming atmosphere.

  • 2013
  • The two cellars join forces

    On 12th July 2013, the union of our two cellars became official, representing a link between two magnificent winemaking regions: Burgundy and Beaujolais. The “Cave de Chaintré” and the “Cave des Producteurs de Juliénas” together form “Juliénas Chaintré Vignerons Associés”. This merger brings women and men who share the same values and who boast unique know-how under the same name, bringing you a full range of wines from our regions.

Juliénas Chaintré – Key figures

  1. 290
    Hectares (716 acres) of vineyards
  2. 169
    Cooperative members of whom 90 are winegrowers
  3. 18