The organization known as La Cave des Vignerons de Buxy was created on June 30th 1931 under the lead of 98 pioneering winegrowers from Buxy and the neighbouring communes. They had decided to unite in order to find a collective solution to their problems of vinification, storage and sales. Building of a winery with a capacity of 800,000 litres was started although it was not finished for the first harvest - and the crop had to come in. Furthermore financial means were limited…
It was only the courage and tenacity of these pioneers that made it possible for the cooperative to function. Thus, for the first, time sales of their wine in bottles could begin.
Recognition of the Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée “Montagny” by the decree of Sept.11th 1936. It was one of the first Appellations to be officially recognized.
The winery often had problems finding the room to store all of the wine harvested. Even if the yields were very irregular (1,600,000 litres in 1935 compared to 513,000 litres in 1938!)
Mechanisation began to appear in the Côte Chalonnaise with the first vineyard tractors replacing horses on the hillsides. It was also the disappearance of clogs and hob-nail boots as footwear!
Roger Rageot was named managing director of La Cave des Vignerons de Buxy. The board of directors thus employed the first MD giving him the task of running the winery and developing wine sales in bottles in order to highlight the co-op members’ production. It was a particularly difficult market.
On January 24th 1977, another winery; la Cave de Saint-Gengoux-le-National merged with La Cave des Vignerons de Buxy. From this date on, their production zone covered the Côte Chalonnaise and spread into the Mâconnais.
The management and the board of directors were facing the problem of improving quality upstream. From 1985, they decided to set up technical commissions and a pre-harvest selection system for vine quality. This system allowed a payment differentiation according to the potential quality, as noted in the vineyards just before harvest. Over the years this system has been expanded and reinforced.
The winery is heading towards its centenary celebration. What evolution! What progress in wine quality and in all aspects of vineyard conservation!