Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois

A grape escape between ruby reds and delicate whites wines.

Wine lovers, Le Creusot is only a few kilometres away from the first vineyards of the Couchois and of the Côte Chalonnaise.

En se promenant dans le vignoble de la Côte Chalonnaise. © Destination Saône-et-Loire, Michel Joly.

A land of rich soils for fine wine

On a leisurely drive through the rolling countryside just a few kilometres from Le Creusot Montceau, wine lovers can enjoy a range of exquisite local wines to sample, often unheard of.  The opportunity to taste wines and discover grape varieties you have never even encountered before can be an exciting experience of your stay in Le Creusot-Montceau.

The nearby Côte Chalonnaise lies at the centre of the vineyards of Côte de Beaune in the north and the Mâconnais mountains in the south, and is known for growing and harvesting some of finest wines the Burgundy wine region of France has to offer.

Acclaimed for the variety of its landscapes, the Côte Chalonnaise is a walker’s paradise if you love wine and nature. Discover the area by foot, by bike or on a barge to appreciate the sweeping views across the groves and vineyards of the rolling hills. From the north, the Canal du Centre meanders through this area covering 25 km long on 7 km wide, bordered by the inspiring Greenway for cyclists and outdoor lovers.

A little further west, on the other side of the Canal du Centre, the picturesque Couchois area lies south of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune and is draped with splendid vineyards nestled between 200 and 300 meters above sea level. With six wine-making villages, the area has a long-tradition of producing full-bodies wines, recognized since 2000 by the Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) Bourgogne Côte du Couchois.

Fancy a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Aligoté? 

On this fertile land, several grape varieties are grown, mainly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to sampling the finests regional wines.


  • The Villages Appellation labels (some of which have Climates classified in Premiers Crus) are the Bouzeron, Givry, Mercurey, Montagny, Rully.
  • The Regional appellations specific to this wine region are the Bourgogne Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy Côte du Couchois.

Throughout Burgundy, the Côte Chalonnaise and Couchois areas produce various regional appellations: Burgundy white or red, Burgundy Aligote, Burgundy Passe-tout-grains and Coteaux Bourguignons. The Bourgogne Cote d'Or appellation is also produced in the villages of Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges, Remigny and Sampigny-lès-Maranges. More and more visiting wine lovers to Le Creusot Montceau appreciate the flavours of our region and leave with unforgettable memories of their Burgundy wine tasting experience.

Did you know? Sparkling wine made in the Côte Chalonnaise region is labelled Crémant de Bourgogne.