Vignerons de Buxy is located in Cote Chalonnaise, founded in 1931 by 98 growers who, in the face of the Great Depression, sought to pool resources and formed a cooperative. Working together, these men and women uphold the values of solidarity, sharing, and conviviality which are at the root of quality and respect for the environment.
Buxy allows small landholders, in particular, an opportunity to continue land ownership (a precious right in France) while staying connected to their agrarian roots (a precious heritage in France). Indeed, half of their members own less than one hectare of vineyards. Quality is maintained by having two managers visit eight members each day. Members are also incentivized to nurture quality grapes: they are not fully paid until their wines are sold and they can earn more if their grapes are devoted to higher-end cuvees.
Vignerons de Buxy was one of the first wineries in Burgundy to be certified sustainable by Vignerons en Developpement Durable, a laudable accomplishment given the breadth and diversity of land and growers (in total, Buxy encompasses 1,100 hectares).