Enjoying an attractive location close to the Beaujolais hills,
Mâcon is Burgundy's southernmost town and a major name in the local
wine trade. The town grew initially as a communications post
between the French Kingdom and the Holy Roman Empire. Mâcon then
thrived and became wealthy thanks to customs dues on this border.
By the late Middle Ages the town was making considerable use of the
extensive vineyards surrounding it, and continued to prosper as a
result of this.
Today Mâcon attracts a number of tourists wishing to visit
the Wine Road of Mâconnais, which celebrates the town's history and
rich architectural heritage, of course in addition to its
internationally-renowned wines. The vast majority of wines made
here come from the Chardonnay grape, and as such almost all of the
wines are white.