Located in subregion/area: Côte des Blancs / Vitryat
Vineyards and grape varieties: 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres), of which 100% Chardonnay.
Classification: Autre cru (84%)
Google Maps view with the villages in the Vitryat highlighted.
Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile.
Neighbouring villages within the Champagne appellation
Southeast and south: Saint-Lumier-en-Champagne
Comment: some of the communes on the map are not part of the Champagne appellation and therefore don’t have any village profiles.
Saint-Amand-sur-Fion is located about 9 km to the north of Vitry-le-François, which is the central town of the area. Saint-Amand-sur-Fion is more populous than most other Champagne villages of the area.
The Saint-Amand-sur-Fion commune has a surface of 2840 hectares and has 1060 inhabitants (as of 2014), referred to as Godins and Godines.
The vineyards in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion are located in two blocks to the east of the village, and is composed of mild southwest- to south-facing slopes. The vineyards are continuous with those in Lisse-en-Champagne. Chardonnay is the only grape variety in the vineyards.
The current vineyard surface in the Saint-Amand-sur-Fion commune is 12.3 hectares (30.4 acres). There are 12.3 ha Chardonnay (100%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 7 hectares. There are 24 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.
Viticulture in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion and the rest of the Vitryat area has a long history, and compared to the current situation today, it was much more extensive until the 19th century. Several sources from the years 1736-1778 give figures of 194-228.5 ha of vineyards in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion, with some decline around 1770 due to a vine disease. The land register 1790-1791 showed that Saint-Amand-sur-Fion was one of four communes in the Vitryat with more than 200 ha of vineyards. Later, the vineyard surface in the area reduced slowly, followed by a faster decline following the Phylloxera epidemic.
In 1927, there was still 62 ha of vineyards, but Saint-Amand-sur-Fion fell out of the Champagne wine region due to the regulations that were created thereafter and in the mid-20th century. A review of the Vitryat area was initiated by the INAO in 1962, but it was only in 1989 when Saint-Amand-sur-Fion was (re)admitted into the appellation, then as one of 13 communes in the Vitryat. Initially, 3 ha on the Côte Adam was approved, and later another 9 ha of vineyards were approved, corresponding to the 12.3 ha there were cultivated in 2013.
New plantations were initiated between 1969 and 1973, and continued in 1989-1990, following the formal decision.
Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.
- Emmanuel Benoit (Facebook page)
Comment: the list may be incomplete.
- Wikipedia about this village in English, in French.
- Website of the Saint-Amand-sur-Fion commune.
- UMC’s village profile of Saint-Amand-sur-Fion.
- Page with historical information about the vineyards in Saint-Amand-sur-Fion.
- Vineyard map of Saint-Amand-sur-Fion at weinlagen-info.de.
- The Swedish version of this post.
© Tomas Eriksson 2017, last update 2017-07-16