FR-71000 Mâcon

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History: [/ b] The area of La Bruyère has two castles: the castle of La Bruyere and Chateau de Vaux Verze. The Château de la Bruyère is located in the heart of the Mâconnais, in the old an area of Cluny Abbey (twelfth ETS). The Château de Vaux-Verze is located in the municipality of Verze, a few kilometers from Bruyère. Between 1566 and 1995 the property was sold to several families. In 1995 M. Paul-Borie acquired the property and then made several investments, such as cellars, vineyards and buildings. Since 2011 the property has been owned by the Walther family, who support the work of the former owner.
Architecture: [/ b] The Château de la Bruyère stands on a small hill between two mountains. The castle consists of two round towers at each end and a conical roof. The Vaux Verze consists of a large building called the castle and the adjoining outbuildings based on a vaulted cellar. Anne-Marie Loeillet, architect and partner of Thierry Walther, has been renovating the castle and outbuildings since 2011.

The land: [/ b] The main field was operated by eleven winemaking families. The Domaine du Château winery with vines for over 60 years for the production of fine wines. The Mâconnais vineyard is located on limestone and sunny slopes so a quality wine is guaranteed. The area of 120 hectares includes: • The first building of 1,800 m2 (Château de La Bruyère) • A second building of 2000 m2 (Château de Vaux Verze) • An inhabited area with hunting (deer, wild boar, etc.). The hunt is from June 1st to the end of February of the following year • Private forest areas, as well as several fields • And about 30 hectares of vineyards A detailed map can be found in the appendix

Since 2011: [/ b] The vineyard has changed between 2011 and expanded from 7 hectares to 30 hectares in 2015. In addition, the area will grow faster in the coming years through renting and purchasing new vines around the castle. Between 2015 and 2016 the development of the new areas will be leased (with purchase option) around the area and in 2016 and 2018 the change of the new vineyards, the Champagne and Chablis will become practicable, as explained in the development page.

Years hectares

2011 7
2011-2012 15
2013-2014 17.5
2014-2015 30
2015-2016 35
2016-2017 40
2017-2018 50

The vineyard: [/ b] The aim is the vineyard on 100 hectares in the coming years to enlarge. This wine has gained great fame beyond our borders. Today the wine is exported to neighboring countries such as Belgium, Germany and Switzerland and even beyond (Japan, Greece and Russia). The castle's know-how: [/ b] • The grape harvest and traditional winemaking, under the supervision of an oenologist • Each grape variety and each parcel is picked at optimal maturity • Temperature control • The aging in oak barrels • The tangential filtration.

Sales: [/ b] The main field production capacity is 360,000 bottles per year. However, for the moment, most of the sales take place in bulk after the contract goes with the buyer (the BOISSET Company). Information is made of the sales through exploitation, but also by the trading company (Handels Bruyère SARL) that accounted for the good. In the future, the entire harvest will be sold in bottles (in existing branches are future). You can find the financial perspective according to two hypotheses (bulk or bottled sale).

Future prospects: [/ b] The La Bruyere area is currently engaged in several renovations that will be completed by June 2016. These works are: • The modernization of the production equipment, which was proportional on a vineyard of 7 hectares. The winery is being expanded and all equipment is being renovated. The total cost of the project is EUR 2,633,569, financed by a bank loan (CIC) to 38% from AGRIMER, 25% subsidized and the personal contribution from TH. Walther for 37%. • At the beginning of 2015, the trading company acquired a new building of 500 m2 in Verze (a village near the Domaine). This building will function as a rehearsal cellar and a place of negotiation (as well as other sideline activities). The total cost of the project is EUR 686,447, through a bank loan (CIC) with 36% and the personal contribution from TH. Walther financed up to 64%. The briar field has two main sources of income: exploitation and trade. Income trading from the sale of part of the harvest and the rental of certain business premises (not included in the part of the operation). Sales will change as follows: (see brochure)

Development prospects: [/ b] Thierry Walther has several projects in the coming years that could be started after finishing his work in the winery. In addition, some ways are mentioned to see how the field could develop: Cottage or Room [/ b] The Château de Vaux Verze now includes offices and storage buildings. The renovation would create the rooms and a barrel cellar. Villa Iris (55 m2) is also an additional option for seasonal accommodation, bed and breakfast. The tourism project will be guided by the development of tourism in the region.

Career [/ b] A gravel hill behind the castle of La Bruyère could cost about 20 mio. EUR can be acquired by the company, see detailed enclosure dossier. This latent reserve is very important for future investments. New vineyards [/ b] Several parcels of vines could be rented and then bought for around € 5 million to expand the area and increase production. Champagne [/ b] Several hectares of vineyards for champagne could be acquired. About four hectares of Premier Cru could be acquired for 1.5 million EUR / ha.

Chablis [/ b] Over 200 hectares of Chablis Grand Cru are available for purchase. This area includes a castle and several parcels of vines.


Hiking trails
Bike trail
Outside conveniences
Nice view
Character house


To be discussed
Parking available
Yes, optional

Contact for visiting

Mr. Hansjürg BUOB
Fax +41 (0)71 525 30 61