THE HISTORY OF THE VINEYARDS OF CHATEAUMEILLANT
The first plantations of vines goes back to the 5th century at the beginning of the
christian era.

In the Middle Ages, the vine was cultivated in a more intensive way which is evident from the documents of that time controlling the production of wine, and which mention some areas still cultivated today: The Bidoire, Secondet, the Aiguillon, the Rochers, on which forms a large part of some of the vines of the domaine, vines already existing that we have begun to buy back to the beginning of the adventure or young vines all recently planted. It was in 1830 that the Gamay was introduced. The variety of grape spread quickly in the region for the reason of it's ability to produce wines of quality on the types of soil such as those of Chateaumeillant.

In 1869 we listed 1200 hectares of vines planted which were destroyed at the end of the 19th century, like the group of french vineyards (oldium, mildiou, phylloxéra).

However, the vineyard stayed the same if it's surface area did not stop diminishing just to the beginning of the year 1990. It continued then to produce Rosé wine called "vin gris" favoured by those who established it's reputation.

In 1965 the wine of Chateaumeillant obtained the recognition AOVDQS. Then the first plantations of pinot were fulfilled in the year 1970. At the end of the year 1990, the arrival of new producers such as the young winegrowers gave a new impetus to the vineyards and the appellation will no longer be only known for it's "vin gris" (rosé) as the one that sees itself largely competing with the red wines that we produce there.

It is in this context that the question was put of accession to the AOC in 1991. Friday 12 January 2006 the national commission AOC was returned to Chateaumeillant and pronounced itself favourably for the accession of the AOC. It is no longer necessary to await the publication of the official journal of the modification of the orders of application.
A LITTLE ABOUT TOURISM :
THE SUBJECT OF WINEMAKERS' ARCHEOLOGICAL JARS


The discovery of a large number of winemakers' archeological jars destined for the trade of mediterranean wines in Gaule, shows that the social and cultural history of wine at Chateaumeillant is prior to the 5th century. The archaeoligical researches, which still continue actually on relics of the Gauloise city and Roman Gallo Mediolanum, perhaps will allow one day an explanation for the presence of a surprising number of these winemakers' s archeological jars of such importance.