The Château de Vinzelles is located in the commune of Vinzelles in Saône-et-Loire, France, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, on a slope of Beaujolais region, overlooking the village, one hour by car from Lyon. Along with the Château de Layé (it belongs to the same estate), it has been listed as a historical monument since October 29, 2003.

The building, of pentagonal plan, still preserved in the seventeenth century vestiges of the double enclosure and the ditches which defended it to the east, south and west. The eastern curtain wall, into which the entrance opened, has disappeared, but four sides of the enclosure still remain. The bases of the big round towers which flanked this entrance, a small bar long tower and a square turret overhanging to the west are the only elements of defense still identifiable.

The main lodgings, located to the west, contain a vaulted chapel and, on the first floor, a large room whose walls are covered with remains of paint representing hunting scenes.

The castle, private property, can be visited in July and August and during heritage days.

The wine grows up here since the Gallo-Roman time. This great wine of Burgundy, Pouilly-Vinzelles Château de Vinzelles finds here all his quintessence in soils (clays and limestones especially).

Address: Le Château, 71680 Vinzelles, France

GPS coordinates: 46° 16′ 15″ N, 4° 45′ 41″ E

Shortest distances by car

From Paris: 3 hr 47 min (401 km) via A6

From Dijon: 1 hr 14 min (131 km) via A6

From Lyon: 52 min (69.7 km) via A6

From Marseille: 3 hr 53 min (377 km) via A7

From Toulouse: 5 hr 35 min (602 km) via A9 and A7

From Monaco: 5 hr 21 min (559 km) via A8 and A7

From Andorra: 7 hr 28 min (729 km) via A9 and A7

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