Your stay at Château des Broyers offers an excellent opportunity to explore the region, rich in cultural and culinary highlights. The Château des Broyers is situated in the Beaujolais. A region world famous for its wines, like the fresh and fruity red ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ and the characteristic whites from the Mâcon area. The château is just a short drive from the village of Chardonnay. Here lies the origin of one of the worlds most famous white wines, made with Chardonnay grapes from Cape Town to Nappa Valley, and from Australia to… Chardonnay!
The village and its wines
La Chapelle-de-Guinchay is a middle-size town with about 3600 inhabitants in the region of the Mâconnais-Beaujolais, about 40 minutes north of Lyon. In its coat of arms: a church spire and a bunch of grapes, symbols of a devout life… devoted to wine making. On the slopes around La Chapelle-de-Guinchay, vineyards are basking in the sun, ready to be transformed into two ‘appellations’: Le Cru Moulin à Vent and the famous Beaujolais-Villages. The wine producers (called ‘viticulteurs’ in French) of the Mâconnais and Beaujolais have created ‘la route des vins’, a fine wine itinirary helping you discover famous wines like the Julienas (one of the 10 Crus du Beaujolais), but also the famous Burgundy wines from Saint-Véran and Pouilly-Fuissé.
Wine growing and tasting at the Château
Every year about 20.000 bottles leave our on-site winery, divided over white wines (Saint Véran, Pouilly Fuissé and Beaujolais Villages), red wines (Morgon, Juliénas, Saint Amour, Moulin à Vent and Beaujolais-Villages) and two sparkly wines (Jeu des Bulles and Crémant de Bourgogne). Already in 2007, the Hachette Wine Guide gave our young wine a very positive review. Since then, the praise has never stopped. In 2012, it was our Moulin à Vent that was crowned the ‘best Beaujolais’, and in 2013 the Boyers’ St. Amour was chosen as the exemplary Beaujolais wine, to represent the ‘Appélation d’Origine Controlé’ AOC-region in wine events all over the world. An enourmous honour that makes us very proud.
It seems the Château des Broyers seminar venue is fertile ground for growth in more ways than one. In any case, for fine wine tasting you don’t have to leave the grounds. Our staff will be more than happy to show you the vineyards, harvesting techniques and modern wine making facilities that result in tasty and expressive wines. More about this on www.VinsdesBroyers.com.
Taste the Beaujolais countryside
Of course you are welcome to come and taste our wines when staying at the château. But there are many other ways to enjoy the region. From our back door you can walk into the vineyards and taste the grapes straight from the branches. We have several hiking and cycling routes mapped out for our guests, and bikes are available for free.
And the cities in the area
The thousand year old city of Mâcon dating back to Roman times, is just around the corner. And famous places like Lyon, Bourg en Bresse, Chalon-sur-Saône and Beaune are all within one hours’ drive. This is the culinary centre of Burgundy, with numerous Michelin starred restaurants in the vicinity of our château. Or just wander into a local restaurant, where you can get a surprisingly good three course workmen’s lunch for under 15 euros. Local wine included, of course.
Directly from the château you can ride through the wine fields on one of our off-road bicycles or follow the many marked foot paths. Just a few kilometres away, there is the possibility to go fishing, canoeing on the river or horse back riding. Or – for a more leisurely ride – take the car to discover some of the 16 castles along the ‘Route des Chateaux en Bourgogne du Sud’. Lovers of the noble sport of Golf will find a fine 18 holes golf course at only 15 minutes from the château.
More information about the region on the local tourist office site.