Burgundy’s oldest negociant opens its doors to visitors
Maison Champy, the oldest winery in Burgundy, has invested in an ambitious tourism project at the heart of Beaune’s medieval centre.
Situated next to the Maison Champy boutique in Beaune, its owners have renovated part of Champy’s historic cellars to incorporate a wine museum and new tasting room and seminar venue.
“The art of sharing and welcoming people is part of the DNA of Maison Champy,” said Camille Juillard, Marketing Manager for Maison Champy.
“Many former guests remember dinners at Champy – that’s why the investment in the historical site was necessary, to ‘wake up’ the sleeping beauty and provide a more extensive and educational experience.”
Offering a series of tours and tasting packages, Maison Champy’s new museum and educational centre includes an exhibition which details the negociant’s history from 1720 to the 19th century, via the French Revolution.
Champy was founded in 1720 as the first established wine house of Burgundy.
The property is comprised of twenty-five hectares of vines in the Côte de Beaune.
“Our heritage is immense. In the nineteenth century, Champy was one of the great names of Burgundy; during the Paris World Exhibition in 1900, 50 million visitors were able to visit its pavilion,” said Juillard.