The Côte Roannaise & its villages de caractère
Come and visit the five villages labelled villages de caractère in the Roannais, and take a trip back in time: Ambierle, Le Crozet, Saint-Haon-le-Châtel, Saint-Jean-Saint-Maurice-sur-Loire and Charlieu.
Witnesses to a turbulent or a prosperous past, they are masters of showmanship! Each a little gem in a magnificent natural setting, they invite you to go on a voyage of discovery in the heart of the côte Roannaise. The Côte Roannaise wine-growing region (AOC since 1994) now has around thirty growers on 200 hectares, whose cellars are open to visitors.
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Located at the foot of the Monts de la Madeleine mountains, the village of Ambierle is surrounded by the vineyards of the Côte Roannaise. The history of Ambierle is tied up with that of its Abbey and of its Priory founded in the 10th century.
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Guided tours are provided in July and August, on Wednesdays and on Fridays at 10.15 am (appointment at the Tourist Office). The earliest mention of the borough of Charlieu dates from 994. It was created under the protection of the benedictine abbey.
Medieval village with ruins of the dungeon – Gates and fortifications. St Maurice Church: renovated Romanesque church with its chancel completely covered with listed 12th century frescoes.