Built on the banks of the Saône some 3000 years ago and after having been a naval base in Antiquity, the site of large fairs in the Middle Ages and a business centre in modern time and the contemporary era,  nowadays Chalon-sur-Saône is a city where life is good which blends gastronomy, wine, history and tradition... On the banks of the Saône, the Niepce Museum presents its photographic collections and the Denon Museum, its archaeology and fine arts collections.
The Côte Chalonnaise, which is classified as a controlled designation of origin, abounds with rich vineyards where the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir vines give the wines the flavour that is so very much appreciated by the experts.