Cooperatives were created at the start of the 20th century to face up to the economic difficulties of the era such as the phylloxera crisis and depression between WW1 and WW2, and to move forward together.
Cooperatives bring winemakers together to promote their harvests using cutting-edge technology and qualified staff. They offer a way to combine means and expertise, over which the participating winemakers retain control and responsibility. This cooperation means that every area of the process is managed as effectively as possible, resulting in excellent wines.
Cooperative member winegrowers bring their grapes or, more rarely, their must to one of the 17 cooperatives in Bourgogne, which are equipped with modern, high-performance machinery for each step of the wine production process.
Cooperative cellars sell their wines from their cellars through various outlets including négociants, restaurateurs, wine stores and major retailers in France and on the export market.
There are cooperatives across the whole of Bourgogne, but the majority is in the south.