The organization known as The Millebuis name was created by La Cave des Vignerons de Buxy, it was born from the resolve of winegrowers of the Côte Chalonnaise wishing to unify with a common aim: to vinify, mature and commercialise their wines as one. It is a saga that began some 80 years ago and which has gradually transformed into an exceptional human achievement.
Today this name represents 120 winegrowing families who cultivate the vineyards using skills and techniques transmitted from generation to generation. Together these men and women stand up for the values that emphasize quality and respect of the environment. By the fruit of their labour, their passion and their attachment to the land, these winegrowers have shown they can reveal the true potential of their terroirs.
The regrouping of these small family holdings (on average 20 hectares of vines per family) which are driven by the same values of solidarity, sharing and conviviality, has given birth to a highly proficient production tool.
The culture of the vine and the harvest of the grapes require multiple skills. The objective is the creation of wines that reflect the excellence of the terroirs of the Côte Chalonnaise.
The organization known as The Millebuis name was created by La Cave des Vignerons de Buxy was created on June 30th 1931 under the lead of 98 pioneering winegrowers from Buxy and the neighbouring communes. They had decided to unite in order to find a collective solution to their problems of vinification, storage and sales. Building of a winery with a capacity of 800,000 litres was started although it was not finished for the first harvest - and the crop had to come in.
It was only the courage and tenacity of these pioneers that made it possible for the cooperative to function. Thus, for the first, time sales of their wine in bottles could begin.
Recognition of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée “Montagny” by the decree of Sept.11th 1936. It was one of the first Appellations to be officially recognized.
The winery often had problems finding the room to store all of the wine harvested. Even if the yields were very irregular (1,600,000 litres in 1935 compared to 513,000 litres in 1938!)
Mechanisation began to appear in the Côte Chalonnaise with the first vineyard tractors replacing horses on the hillsides. It was also the disappearance of clogs and hob-nail boots as footwear!
Roger Rageot was named managing director of La Cave des Vignerons de Buxy.The board of directors thus employed the first MD giving him the task of running the winery and developing wine sales in bottles in order to highlight the co-op members’ production. It was a particularly difficult market.
On January 24th 1977, another winery; la Cave de Saint-Gengoux-le-National merged with La Cave des Vignerons de Buxy. From this date on, their production zone covered the Côte Chalonnaise and spread into the Mâconnais. Vignerons de Buxy se situe en Côte Chalonnaise et se prolonge en Mâconnais.
The management and the board of directors were facing the problem of improving quality upstream. From 1985, they decided to set up technical commissions and a pre-harvest selection system for vine quality. This system allowed a payment differentiation according to the potential quality, as noted in the vineyards just before harvest. Over the years this system has been expanded and reinforced.
The winery is heading towards its centenary celebration. What evolution! What progress in wine quality and in all aspects of vineyard conservation!
Nos vignerons cultivent avec passion le vignoble de la Côte Chalonnaise. Ils vous feront découvrir nos chais, nos caves et nos caveaux, au milieu des vignes. Une visite commentée du vignoble est bien sûr possible grâce à l’œnotourisme. En empruntant la route des vins, découvrez la culture de la vigne (raisonnée bien sûr), où les cépages typiques de la Côte Chalonnaise garantissent une grande qualité aromatique des vins blancs et vins rouges. Du pinot noir essentiellement (vin rouge) et du chardonnay (vin blanc). Notre région viticole faisant partie du grand terroir bourguignon, elle produit des vins fins d’une grande fraîcheur offrant également beaucoup d’élégance. Nos cavistes vous proposeront une sélection de vins, en vente à la Maison Millebuis de la Cave des vignerons de Buxy. Venez déguster nos meilleures cuvées tout au long de l’année, y compris pendant la foire aux vins. Des vins blancs aux arômes de fruits secs, des vins rouges aux notes de fruits rouges et noirs. Découvrez les premiers crus de la Côte Chalonnaise qui n’ont rien à envier aux autres terroirs de la Bourgogne, à l’instar de ceux de la Côte de Beaune et de la Côte de Nuits. Découvrez aussi l’élégance de nos crémants de Bourgogne qui sont d’une grande fraîcheur, avec de multiples arômes et des bulles fines. La Côte Chalonnaise, une région viticole étonnamment riche en découvertes.