Place de l'église, Champagny-sous-Uxelles, Southern Burgundy, France.

Local Information and attractions.



The department of Saône-et-Loire in Southern Burgundy is a wonderful cultural and culinary destination, along with numerous outdoor activities. The area is great for both long stays as well as shorter trips. There is a lot of local information on the internet, saone-et-loire-southern-burgundy or the official tourist office site for burgundy will give a much broader view. We also suggest visiting the tourist offices in the local towns who usually have details of opening times and local festivals. 


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Entering Brancion

  • The Benedictine abbey of Cluny, the historic town and equestrian centre.
  • Saint Philibert Abbey and the historic town of Tournus.
  • The Chateau and Gardens at Cormatin.
  • Brancion medieval citadel.
  • The historic towns of Mâcon and Chalon-sur-Saone.
  • Berze le Chatel in the Lamartin's valley.
  • Roche Solutre and the prehistoric site.
  • Taize- the famous ecumenical centre founded by Roger Schutz in 1944.
  • The Medieval City of Saint-Gengoux-le-National.
  • Grottes d'Aze prehistoric caves with remains of bears and big cats.
  • For the kids - Touroparc - Mâcon Area.
    Spend the day at this amusement park and zoo.


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Ile Saint-Laurent  Chalon-sur-Saône.

local enterprises

Au cœur de l'arbre
 tournage sur bois

Gilbert Buffard is a renowned expert in the art of wood turning. He lives in the village of Champagny-sous-Uxelles, has written several books on the subject and continues to demonstrate his skills which he shares with others.


Southern Burgundy is a Gourmet's Dream. Home of the famous Charolais Cattle and the Bresse poultry there is emphasis on local seasonal produce. Fresh water fish, goat cheese and "escargot" and accompanied by local wines.

MARKET DAYS: (usually finishing about mid-day)

  • Cluny-Every Saturday
  • Tournus-Every Saturday
  • Sennecey-le Grand-Every Friday
  • Saint-Gengoux-le-National: First Tuesday of month.
  • Chapaize-Small Bio (organic) market every Sunday.

SCOTTISH SALMON in Burgundy! ... Yes: Ken and Jill Smith import salmon from Scotland to smoke on their premises in Saint-Gengoux-le-National. They also have a range of other smoked products.


and further away

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This is only a sample of the wines we regularly enjoy. The smaller produces are always willing for you to visit and try their wine. However it’s usual to arrange a visit in advance.

In the last few years we have seen the retirement of two of our smaller producers. We hope that their vines will not all pass into the hands of the big corporations and we will try to find new and interesting domaines.



VINS AUVIGUE, Le Moulin du Pont, 71850 Charnay les Mâcon.    Tel: 03 85 34 17 36.

If white Burgundy is for you try their Pouilly-Fuisse and Solitre.


DOMAINE LA CAVE PERE TIENNE, (Eric et Agnès Panay) Le Clos, 71960 Sologny.         Tel: 03 85 37 78 05 A good range of wines from the Macon area.



71260 Cruzille-en-Mâconnais.                   Tel:03 85 33 29 74 Producers of Bio (organically produced) wines since 1978.


LES VINS DU CHATEAU DE PIZAY - Pizay -69910 VILLIE MORGON Tel :04 74 66 26 10. These Beaujolais wines are responsible for bringing us to this part of France. Pizay is about an hour drive south.


CAVE DES VIGNERONS DE BUXY, 71390 BUXY Tel: 03 85 92 03 03 and 71460 SAINT-GENGOUX-LE-NATIONAL Tel:03 85 92 61 75. One of the best wine producing cooperatives in our area.

LA VIGNE MOUTON (Delphine et Sébastien Boisseau) 71250 Bray. This is a new find for us and they produce a range of good bio (organically produced) wines but a limited quantity. (


Rue du Château Neuf - 51480 Boursault  Tel:03 26 59 74 19. Excellent Champagne at a fair price from a small producer in the region south of Reins so a long drive from us.


The abbey of Cluny


Many of the best restaurants locally are family run, which can sometimes involve them closing for a week or two even in the summer season. It’s always best the make a reservation. Any comments are purely personal and our list is by no way complete but it consists of restaurants that we regularly visit and we have placed them only in order of the distance from Champagny sous Uxelles.

THE VILLAGE OF CHAPAIZE has become the local gastronomic centre, being very much on the tourist route it now boasts two restaurants and a crêperie.

LE SAINT MARTIN was our usual weekly outing when it was run by our Swiss friends. Since it changed ownership in August 2013 the menu has become more typically French which many visitors prefer. We have had very good food there recently and all reports are of excellence and good value. For us it has lost some of the old ambiance and it’s often difficult to make a reservation. This restaurant is always full especially during the season so booking is advised. Tel: 03 85 50 13 08

LA TABLE DE CHAPAIZE - When it first opened in 2012 there was a fixed menu with no choice and very limited opening times. Now under new owners all the reviews are good and from friends who have eaten there, the new owners have dramatically improved the menu, offering high quality and good choice. 

Tel: 03 85 38 07 18

LE RELAIS D’OZENAY - Le Bourg  71700 Ozenay (on the D14 between Chapaize and Tournus). High end dining beautifully presented but priced accordingly. Tel: 03 85 32 17 93

TOURNUS has traditionally been a stopping point between Paris and the South of France. Today it remains a convenient location for a midday break or an overnight stop. The town has many good restaurants with some Michelin Stars and the ambiance of riverside dining.

LE GRILL DES QUAIS  - 20 Quai de Verdun, 71700 TOURNUS. Our usual choice in the town, has been completely renovated in 2015 to provide access for wheelchair users with all facilities on the ground floor. A varied traditional menu plus pizzas and pasta dished at a reasonable price. They also keep a good draught beer and if the weather is good you can dine on the quay-side. Booking is recommended in the season. Tel: 03 85 31 17 52

RESTAURANT L’EMBARCADERE, Promenade du Barrage 71290 La Truchere. About 15 minutes from Tournus you find this village where the river Seille enters the Saone. Here this restaurant offers a varied menu and local fresh-water fish. It is noted for its “cuisses de grenouille.”   Tel: 03 85 21 11 34

CHALON SUR SAÔNE of course this is a large town with many restaurants and we suggest visiting the ILE SAINT-LAURENT where it is possible to find food from nearly every country in the world in and around the Rue de Strasbourg.

LE CEDRE. 55 Rue de Strasbourg 71100 Chalon sur Saône. We very much like the fresh tastes of the authentic Lebanese cooking served with Lebanese wine and beer. Tel: 03 85 93 59 73

Finally for this little selection we visit the BEAUJOLAIS area which is about 1 hour south.

LA TERRASSE DU BEAUJOLAIS,  Route d’Avenas (D18) 69115 Chiroubles. From this restraint not only do you have excellent food and wine but the best panoramic view of the Beaujolais area. You may even see the “Mont Blanc” on a clear day!     Tel: 04 74 69 90 79