The castle "Château de Montmelas"
This ancient Beaujeu property was built in the 10th, 12th, 14th 17th and 19th centuries and is still lived in today, by the same family since 1566! Don’t miss the extraordinary view.
Jutting out from a rocky spur, this castle offers stunning views over the Saône valley, all the way to the Alps. It was built on a site that's been inhabited since the Neolithic. Once the property of the Lords of Beaujeu and the Bourbon, it's listed on the French Supplementary Inventory of Historical Monuments.
What makes the castle truly beautiful is its history and the landscape it stands in, with vineyards all around. You can visit all year round, sample the château's Marquis de Montmelas wine, and enjoy the splendour of the site.
The Chateau de Montmelas is not only beautiful but is, in fact, a real treasure of the region's geoheritage: it's walls was built from the oldest type of rock in the region, gneisses dating back Cambrian-Ordovician Period (500 - 450 Mya), formed in the bowels of the Earth.
Famous throughout the world for its wines and vineyards, the Beaujolais is also a region shaped by man, who has reaped the benefits of the soil's diversity. Its past is literally written in stone: in the golden, red, white, grey or black rocks and stones that have visibly been put to good use in local construction. This remarkable geology has given rise to great diversity, not only in the landscapes and heritage, but also in terms of human activity, in the culture and traditions that form the identity of the Beaujolais region.