The Château de Candie is a 14th century castle perched at the foot of the Alps set in the valley of the noble town of Chambéry. Historically, Chambéry welcomed many noble families and aristocrats who settled and built magnificent palaces and mansions here. Having been the capital of the duché de Savoie from the 11th century to 1792, today Chambéry is known for its medieval architecture, its production of Viognier and Savoyards wines and the impressive landscapes of the French Alps. To give you a taste of it, the Château de Candie which is now run by Purple Summer, is the hotel of choice for discovering Savoie and noble wealth of this territory in total peace and tranquility.
The soil is clay-limestone on a south-facing slope. But the old vines were destroyed in 1879 only to be replanted two years later and abandoned for more than a century. It was only in 2003 that the owners restored the 14 acre plot to its former glory and in 2009, the Perrier family acquired the property and replanted the plot with Viognier vines.
Viognier at Château de Candie is indeed of Alpine origin and a parent of the beautiful Modeuse blanche of the savoyard variety. This cépage appreciates the sun but suffers in very hot temperatures so naturally, the terrain and the Alpine climate suits it perfectly, therefore Viognier thrives at Château de Candie and it is the ideal place to taste this special wine.
The château produces 3,000 bottles of dry white wine per season: the vintage ‘Candie 1891’. The wine can be tasted on a picnic, in the castle grounds, by the sunny swimming pool or in the privacy of the hotel room. Badara Gueye, the head chef who heads up the hotel's gastronomical offering, pairs his dishes with this famously historic wine ready to be tasted by the guests who come through the majestic doors of the Château de Candie.
Discover Purple Summer's Château de Candie in Chambéry and spend a peaceful stay in the valley at the foot of the summit of Bauges and Chartreuse in the glorious Savoie region of France. Double rooms start at €200 per night and €15,000 per day for exclusive use of the chateau. The chateau welcomes wedding parties and is open from May through to the end of October every year.