Clos Cristal

Clos Cristal

Created in 1890 in the heart of Saumur-Champigny by Antoine Cristal, this eponymous estate has today become legendary and emblematic. The estate's great wines are a vibrant, intense and refined expression.

Antoine Cristal marked his time with a new and still unique idea: a cultivation of vines within the walls. A balance between shadow and light is thus achieved, resulting in aromatic complexity and unrivaled intensity.

More than 3 km of walls have been erected within the estate in which, for 130 years, the vines have grown and flourished. The base of the vine planted to the north, along the wall, passes through a hole to allow the vine to pass through. The branches, foliage and clusters therefore grow along the wall, facing south. With their feet cool and their heads in the sun, the vines can gain up to a month in maturity!

This technique reflects a non-conformist vision of the Clos Cristal winegrowers which has endured from its creator to his last heirs.

Antoine's Walk:

Le Clos Cristal, a unique and magical place, opens its doors to you.

You will be able to freely walk between the rows of vines and discover the life of Antoine Cristal, his cultivation method, learn more about the Saumur Champigny appellation or even admire the images of the impressive man-made vineyards of the world.

You just have to let yourself be carried away and follow the directions.
Open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from April to October. The Domaine reserves the right to close access due to work in the vineyards;


From: 01 / 04 / 24 To: 30 / 09 / 24
  • Monday :
  • Tuesday :
  • Wednesday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Thursday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • Friday :
    from 10AM to 00PM
  • On Saturday:
  • Sunday:


Free access.

    Pratical information

    Labeling wines
    • AOP - AOC Saumur
    • AOP - AOC Saumur-Champigny
    Product Type
    • wines

    Contact information

    38 rue du Clos Cristal
    49400 Souzay-Champigny