At 8 kms from Tournus, in the town of Ozenay, the Château de Messey is located in a large area whose traces are found in the manuscripts of the IXth Century. From the XIth century, with the construction of abbeys and Romanesque churches such as Tournus, Chapaize and Cluny, this region experienced a growing boom. The Monks of Citeaux and Cluny, whose intellectual influence for many centuries is indisputable, cultivate among others the vineyard and develop in France the art of making wine.
Two wings of the Castle face each other separated by a beautiful courtyard shaded by three hundred year old chestnut trees. The cellars and vaulted cellars have found their soul and their reason for being. Regional feature, this set is completed by a beautiful dovecote. Below is the farm which operates 75 hectares of meadow for the breeding of the other star of the region: the Charolaise. A mill along the Natouze and vineyard houses complete the ensemble. To be able to welcome at best wine lovers, Marc DUMONT has restored the Château and these houses in the tradition but with all the modern comforts. Today, the main building of the Castle with its tower is offered for rent for holidays, seminars, weddings ... The soul of these old stones will be the joy of all those looking for the qualities of yesteryear: calmness, harmony, the natural products of the earth ... and friendship.
History and famous characters
In 1986, Marc DUMONT took over a vineyard in Cruzille, in the Mâconnais which, originally, belonged to the monks of the famous Abbey of Cluny. A few years later, he met the Demoiselles Jourdan, owners of the Château de Messey, an area of 89 hectares, which operated 17 hectares of vines in AOC until 1958. This area is bought to maintain the legacy of several generations in the world. art of raising wine and respect for traditional values. The beautiful vaulted cellars of the sixteenth century provide the best conditions to make wine of good quality in the respect of tradition and terroir .. It was therefore natural, since 1994, that the vineyard of Cruzille is complemented by vineyards adjoining the castle in the municipality of Chardonnay. This trend continues today and Messey Castle is expected to exploit nearly 12 hectares by 2020.
My castle is visitable
The wine tradition of Château de Messey goes back more than 10 centuries: it is indeed with the construction of the Abbey of Cluny (seat of the largest medieval monastic order of the West) that we see the first vines planted on the property.
Ten centuries later, it is with the same commitment and the same passion that the Dumont family cultivates its 6 hectares of Chardonnay and Gamay. Our wines are recognized, both nationally and internationally, for their quality and typicality.
To forge your own idea, the team of the Château de Messey is at your disposal to make you have a good time by opening your vineyard, with:
- the visit of the winery and cellars,
- tasting of a selection of wines from the estate in an authentic 16th century cellar (group: by reservation),
- meals with typical Burgundy themes (on reservation),