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March 11, 2019

Savigny-les-Beaune ,old Burgundy!

I do not know what to say some already told me, I do travel a lot and love it; thankful to be able to do it. Lucky to be in the world’s No 1 most visited country by international official counts ,France, and it shows so much to see. As said will need a lifetime and then may not be able to see everything. But I am trying hard!

Burgundy-Franche-Comté is a region of France with a lot of wealth when it comes to monuments and vineyards, however, I like to combine my love for aviation with wines and one of the best if not the best place to do this is at Savigny-les-Beaune a town close to another famous ,Beaune. Let me tell you a bit about it ok.

When my travels takes me away with the family I try to combine all that is of interest to all of us. Its the best way to enjoy your vacation,especially if you have kids. Since I have 3 boys, our interests are pretty much the same, we all like women, wines, autos ,and airplanes. Therefore what better way to enjoy our vacation then to go to Savigny-les-Beaune in Burgundy; a town near Beaune.

Its one of my secret get away, the family rents a gite or a house rental in the area, this time was in near Buxy in the Côte Chalonnaise of southern Burgundy. From here with a car we expand to all horizons but deep submerge in the wine country. In fact the house was surrounded by vineyards, and we purchase the wine right from the owner at 5€ the bottle of red. Yummy.

One of the highlights of the long summer vacation trip was to see the vineyard of Chateau Savigny les Beaune  with 20 hectares (49,4 acres) which includes the appellations of Auxey-Duresses, Beaune, Monthelie, Pommard, Volnay and Savigny-lès-Beaune.

savigny les beaune

Where Michel Pont has not only added a magnificent bottle but also a diehard fanatics of cars and planes, he has established a museum indoors and outdoors of these marvels. He is especially in love with FIAT 500 Abarth ,and all the previous models going back to 1956. He keeps 149 cars in his car museum plus 36 he has competed. Inside there is a minituare displays of cars from all over the world. There are,also, 250 motocycles from 1903 to 1960.

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In the park of the castle spread around like ants he has kept 80 fighter airplanes of French, American, and Russian manufactured.  You are ,also, to see engines, and airplanes parts from many models . Inside, you will see 2400 small sides models of airplanes of the world. The view of these aerodrome of vintage war planes is awesome, and should not be missed when in the area, especially with kids.

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Some practical info, contact Tel  +33 (0) 3 80 21 55 03 / Fax. 3 80 21 54 84

The Château is open every day from 9h – 12h ,and  14h – 17h30, last entry at 16h. During low season April 14 to October 16 opens at  9h-12h , and  14h -17h30. High season from April 15 to October 14 opens continuosly from  9h to 18h30  .Annual closing is the first 3 weeks in January and Dec 25th.  is 9€ per adult and 4€ for kids from 4-16. Check webpage for updates.

I like to give some history of the castle as I like it,

The Château de Savigny-lès-Beaune is a 14C castle on a wine estate of 20 hectares of the Côte de Beaune vineyard, in Savigny-lès-Beaune in the Côte-d’Or dept 21 of the region of Burgundy-Franche-Comté. This castle was built around 1340 by Jean de Frolois, Marshal of the Duchy of Burgundy, for Duke Eudes IV of Burgundy. It was destroyed in 1478 by order of king Louis XI, in retaliation for what his owner had taken the part of the Duchess Marie of Burgundy and her husband the future Emperor Maximilian I against him during the War of the succession of Burgundy (1477 – 1482). Only the crows of the machicolations still visible on two towers are preserved. At the beginning of the 17C the castle was restored by the family of Lords Bouhier with the addition of the little Castle  after 1671.

In 1689, the Castle became the property of the family de Migieu, then by alliance, to General Comte de la Loyère and his heirs. During 1719, the president De Migeu had to abandon his castle for a few months when it served as a residence imposed on the granddaughter of Duke Louis II of Bourbon-Condé, the Duchess of Maine Louise-Benedicta de Bourbon, during her exile in Burgundy.

savigny les beaune

In 1979, the Château was purchased by Michel Pont, a winegrower operating an important wine estate of 20 hectares of the Côte de Beaune vineyards, which undertook major restoration work. Former racing driver Abarth of the 1960’s, and important collector of mechanics, he founded several museums with important mechanical collections and housing, in 2018, the most important private collection in the world of fighter planes, approved by the Guinness Book of Records !

The general webpage for information is in French, but if need help and want to visit it let me know.

Official museums of Chateau Savigny les Beaune

Tourist office of the Côte d’Or dept 21 in French

Tourist office of Beaune on Château Savigny les Beaune in English

Now some photos without giving away everything ::) Hope you enjoy the visit with the entire family. Savigny-les-Beaune , castle, wines ,cars, airplanes the works love it! You will too!

And remember, happy travels , good health,and many cheers to all!!!

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