Jon Wyand has been photographing the world’s vineyards and wineries for 40 years. Over the last 20 years, he has focused specifically on Burgundy. In his latest book, Four Seasons in Côte Chalonnaise, he sought to document the daily life and routine of the region in the vineyards, wineries and villages that make it so characterful.
“The area is much larger and more diverse than I imagined,” says Wyand, “and as I hardly knew it, I wasn’t sure how I should approach it. I knew I had to explore, to introduce myself and to understand as much as I could.”
The book took over a year to put together, and left Wyand with a fondness for this often overlooked part of Burgundy.
“What is special to me about the Côte Chalonnaise is that it is such a friendly and open place. The region introduced itself to me at every opportunity and showed me its gentle beauty in ways I could not have expected. It made me smile unexpectedly so many times every day.
“You can be in the most beautiful place in the world but without being welcomed you will appreciate very little. I was pleased to discover so many relaxed and helpful people who allowed me to do what I asked without any problems and with such good humour.”
Below is a selection of photos from the book, together with a commentary from Wyand on what went into each photo.
Four Seasons in Côte Chalonnaise is published by Bamboo Edition and available for £35