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One of the most famous white wines in the world comes from this area in the north west of Burgundy. Monks from the Abbey of Pontigny were the first to plant Chardonnay grapes here on the slopes surrounding the River Serein realising that the soil and the microclimate in this area with its cold spring were essential for the dry, honey-scented flavour of the wine. The wines fall into four appellations: Petit Chablis, Chablis, Premier Cru and Grand Cru. For an overview of Chablis wines, see Jancis Robinson's article in our Wine Region section.

Chablis Burgundy FranceThere is evidence of the town’s lasting prosperity all around. The wine domains, the boutiques and specialist shops, the luxurious hotels and restaurants all herald the visitor. Visit Domaine Michel Laroche in Rue Auxerre or their wine bar, boutique hotel, restaurant and shop, the Hotel du Vieux Moulin, 18 Rue des Moulins, to taste some of the best of local wines. Laroche offers a one day wine course, with lunch included.

Another cellar worth visiting is William Fevre at 14 Rue Jules Rathier, what used to be the old Chablis hospital. His restaurant is next door where you can taste wines by the glass with each regional dish. There is also a bistro-wine bar, Le Bistrot des Grands Crus, for less formal meals.

Chablis Sunday MarketOn Sunday mornings, the town is buzzing with a great atmosphere in the street market but make an early start. The giftshop Au Cep Gourmand on Rue Auxerroise is charming, and Les Jardins Européens, a photographer’s delight. The tourist office in the centre of town has bikes for hire with route suggestions for trips through the vineyards. To reserve bikes: 00 33 (0)386 42 80 80

Market Day

Sunday morning until noon

visit a Chablis Winery

Visit a Winery  in Chablis BurgundyFind wineries to visit at a click on the Rue des Vignerons website This is a free service where you book online, there's information about the visit, prices, map and directions, and you can buy the domaine's wine at a reduced price.

Their suggestions include:
Domaine Laroche
La Chablisienne
Domaine Céline & Frédéric Gueguen
Domaine Testut

hotels in and around Chablis

Hotel Bergerand Chablis Burgundy Hotel du Vieux Moulin Chablis Domaine Borgnat Burgundy
Hotel Bergerand in the centre of Chablis, charming and very French on the River Serein Hotel du Vieux Moulin, owned by Domaine Laroche, with a contemporary stylish interior Stay at Domaine Borgnat near Chablis and taste the owner's wine in the 17th C cellar

luxury bed and breakfast

Chateau de la Resle Boutique Bed and Breakfast Burgundy La Borde bed and breakfast near Auxerre
Boutique bed and breakfast near Auxerre, Château de la Resle is highly recommended Award winning La Borde Maison d'Hôtes near Auxerre, an easy drive to Chablis Carpe Diem, a quality bed and breakfast at Massangis with delightful garden

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Getting to and from Chablis

Chablis is 190 km from Paris, the nearest airport
By train:
to Laroche Migennes
By bus:
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