Château de Châtagneréaz

The rich history of this exemplary estate began long ago, before the year 1000, in the chestnut tree forests of La Côte. The Chasselas grape, planted as the vast majority grape variety on this terroir, birthed a 1er Grand Cru, the highest classification of Vaud wines. Today, head winemaker Tony Heubi passionately continues the tradition of excellence at Château de Châtagneréaz.

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A thousand years of history

A thousand years of history

The name Châtagneréaz is a reminder that chestnut forests once covered the La Côte region. Vines have also been grown here for a very long time, as the first documents attesting to the existence of vines on the estate date back to 996.

The history of the château itself dates back to the end of the 12th century. Shortly afterwards, the estate became the property of the Abbey of Lac de Joux, and the monks placed themselves under the protection of the Grandson-La Sarraz family.

The abbey disappeared with the Reformation, and the estate came under Bernese rule until the end of the 18th century. At the end of the Second World War, the lords sought a partner to restore their building.

It was Arnold Schenk who finally became the sole owner of Château de Châtagneréaz and its vineyards. It would take him another 25 years to restore the building to its current appearance.

From vine to wine

From vine to wine

Today, the estate covers some 20 hectares surrounding the château. On heavy, clay soils, the vines grow in narrow rows, at a high planting density of almost 10,000 vines per hectare.

Three references make up the selection. The king grape variety Chasselas - in 1er Grand Cru - naturally reigns supreme by an overwhelming majority, but leaves room for the Viognier and a red blend featuring the Gamay d'Arcenant.

The wines take time to mature in the château's cellar, in the traditional way. The 1er Grand Cru, notably, is matured in large foudres, or wooden vases according to the name dedicated to them in the Vaud region.

Passion and know-how

Passion and know-how

Since 2015, Tony Heubi has been head winemaker at Château de Châtagneréaz. He knows how to enhance this great terroir that is both suited for developing a Chasselas of the highest quality and capable of evolving gracefully over decades.

Since the 18th century, it has been a tradition for every retiring winemaker who has managed the estate and contributed to its reputation for excellence to inscribe his or her name on the ceiling of the magnificent Château de Châtagneréaz cellar.

The young Tony Heubi still has many years ahead of him, but his place is reserved alongside the candle-smoked signatures that bear witness to the know-how successfully passed down through the ages!

The name Châtagneréaz recalls the chestnut forests that once covered La Côte. Vines were planted here as early as 996. The history of the château dates back to the end of the 12th century. At the end of the Second World War, the château's owners were looking for a partner to restore it. It was Arnold Schenk who would go on to become the sole owner.
The estate covers 20 hectares around the château. On heavy, clayey soils, the vines are planted in narrow, densely packed rows. Three wines make up the selection: a Chasselas 1er Grand Cru, a Viognier and a red blend around Gamay d'Arcenant. Tony Heubi has been head winemaker at Château de Châtagneréaz since 2015.