Set off from the winery to explore the diversity of our countryside and terroirs in one of these enjoyable outings:
Explore the "Plateau des Charmes", the Cave de Lugny's showcase vineyards in the heart of the wine region, where the Chardonnay is king. From the top of the vine-covered plateau you can make out the wooded slopes of "Mont de la Péralle" (420m alt.) to the south and, on the left, the picturesque village of Burgy, clinging to the side of a hill and dominated by its Romanesque church standing out on the horizon. To the east, you have a view over the Saône valley, and beyond this, the foothills of the Jura mountains, which instantly draw the eye.
As you head towards the village of Lugny, just below road, you will almost immediately spy the "Tour de Macheron", an elegant 18th century vineyard lodge overlooking a valley through which the Bourbonne River flows. Lower down, there is the cemetery and, visible at the top of the hill on the other side of the valley, is the "Saint Pierre" site, famous for its cellars inaugurated in 1965, where you used to be able to try the wines before the winery opened its shop in 1989.
Located on the southern slope of the Charvençon woods, the La Boucherette conservation area covers over 100 hectares. Green lizards, praying mantis, birds, orchids, and a trail leading you to a unique panoramic viewpoint over the Saône Valley.
Setting off from the winery, behind our store, and heading towards the village of Cruzille, you will walk through an area of vegetation that thrives in hot, dry conditions and limestone subsoil, including young oak groves, boxwood, and dry chalk turf (also known as "teppe"). You will come across an old "lavière", where they used to extract the flat stones used for roofing, as well as a quarry, whose stone served to build the wine cooperative's buildings back in the 1920s. The nature trail, which runs for 2 km with an 80 metre difference in altitude, is marked out for walkers with information panels placed along the route.
As you head towards the hamlet of Fissy you will come across the Chapel of Notre Dame de la Pitié. Built off to one side, on a small hillock, it has preserved the spirit of the Primitive Roman period. Along the route, at the edge of the woods, you will spy one of Lugny's last remaining "cadoles" (small drystone shelters) watching out over the vineyards.
In the middle of the hamlet, several typical Mâconnais houses have preserved their ancient galleried balconies. At the crossroads, before you head up towards the chapel, you will notice two houses: one with a double gable and a dovecote, and the other, the "Château de Fissy", a bourgeois version of a "maison vigneronne' with its large galleried balcony. The chapel, described as a church belonging to the Abbey of Tournus in 1119, was partially rebuilt in 1823. On your way back to Lugny, you will see a lovely wash-house with a pyramid-shaped roof supported by a massive frame and which still has its stone pool fed by a spring.
The areas around Cluny and Tournus epitomize all the charm of Southern Burgundy: sunshine, rolling hills, forests, vineyards, meadows, hedgerows, and dozens of villages with lovely stone houses and Romanesque churches.
Built in 1605, Château de Cormatin is unique in France for its remarkably well preserved Louis XIII interior, its superb wood panelling, and its painted, carved and gilded ceilings. The Château's lovely 12 hectares of grounds boast a boxwood maze, colourful flowerbeds, a traditional vegetable garden and a myriad of lakes and fountains.
Go to the www.chateaudecormatin.com website for details of tours
This ancient fortress village, classified a historical monument, will take you back to medieval times. Strolling through the village, you will come across charming alleyways, old houses, the imposing château and the Romanesque church with 12th century frescoes. You can also enjoy the breath-taking view over the Mâconnais hills.Go to the Brancion website
With the remains of the medieval abbey, a National Stud, the lapidary museum and the Hôtel-Dieu, this small town is not lacking in attractions. From Cluny, take the D15 towards Lugny: the hill of the "4 vents" (four winds) will give you a breath-taking view over the Lamartine Valley.Go to the Cluny website
The Abbey and its monastic buildings, the Musée Greuze, and the old houses in the town centre provide plenty of scope for tourism. As well as enjoying an international reputation for gastronomy, with its Michelin-starred chefs, Tournus is also a favourite stopping off point for those boating up and down the River Saône.Go to the Tournus website