Pleasure Wine: Pouilly-Vinzelles Wines


Discover the Pouilly-Vinzelles appellation


The Pouilly-Vinzelles appellation is located in the wine region of Burgundy. It covers approximately 60 hectares and is situated in the southern part of the Mâconnais vineyard, near the town of Mâcon (in the French department of Saône-et-Loire). To the north of this small vineyard, you will find the Pouilly-Loché appellation, and to the west lies the Pouilly-Fuissé. Like its counterparts, the appellation of Pouilly-Vinzelles has been classified as an appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) since 1940.

The history of the appellation dates back to the Gallo-Roman era when the Roman Emperor Probus reintroduced viticulture to the region. However, it is in the Middle Ages that the vineyards of Pouilly-Vinzelles are first mentioned in administrative documents. The monks of the Cluny Abbey, who played a major role in the development of the vineyards in Burgundy, also contributed to the rise of the Pouilly-Vinzelles.

The name of the appellation, Pouilly-Vinzelles, is composed of two parts. The term "Pouilly" refers to the former town of Pouilly-le-Monial, now renamed "Porte des Pierres Dorées", and "Vinzelles" is the name of a small medieval village (with less than 1,000 inhabitants) where the vineyards are located. Vinzelles is a historic hamlet in the region, associated with viticulture since its foundation in the 10th century.

The vineyards of Pouilly-Vinzelles are planted on brown clay-limestone soils, rich in limestone and marl. These steep soils contribute to the typicity and quality of the wines produced in the region. The Pouilly-Vinzelles appellation exclusively produces white wines, made from the Chardonnay grape variety, which is the emblematic grape of the region. The wines of Pouilly-Vinzelles are characterized by their elegant strength, finesse, and aromatic complexity. They offer aromas of white-fleshed fruits, citrus, white flowers, and mineral notes.

Take a look at our selection of Pouilly-Vinzelles wines.

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