The Quinson family is a traditional family of wine-makers from Beaujolais wine-making country.
In 1904, thanks to the work of an entire generation, the family bought a 10-hectares estate in Fleurie: the Chateau de l’Abbaye de Saint Laurent d’Arpayé. Te vines in front of the chateau enjoy uninterrupted views over the Saône Valley.
Since the year 1000, this chateau has had a fascinating history. Owned by the church until the French Revolution, the property witnessed the infl uence of the religious community on Beaujolais wine country. Benedictine monks came to clear the Fleurie hillside to plant vines at 280 metres altitude. They moved there to found the Abbey of Saint Laurent d’Arpayé, the name of the monk who created this vineyard in the year 1000. It is below Les Chaff angeons, a hamlet already populated at the time, where vines were already growing. In the early 18th century, the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Mâcon replaced that of the monks and he took possession of the chateau.
During the French Revolution, the religious crisis led to the flight of the Fleurie priests. T e chateau was then abandoned until 1791, when it was temporarily taken over by the government. From the 1st Empire and the Napoleonic Civil Code, the vineyard was parcelled out, generation after generation. It was fi nally purchased in 1904 by the Quinson family. The property was enhanced by the construction of the current Chateau over magnifi cent cellars with typically Beaujolais casks, where the best wines are aged.