The Mâconnais district is located in the south of the Burgundy wine region in France, west of the Saône river. It takes its name from the town of Mâcon. It is best known as a source of good value white wines made from the Chardonnay grape; the wines from Pouilly-Fuissé are particularly sought-after. Almost all the wine made in the Mâconnais is white wine. Chardonnay is the main grape grown in the district—in fact, there is a village of that name in the far north of the region. Some plantations of Gamay and Pinot noir are made into red and rosé Mâcon, making up no more than 30% of the total wine production. Gamay is grown in the Beaujolais cru of Moulin-à-Vent, which extends into the Mâconnais, but has little in common with the wines north of the border.
Mâconnais is a small region of Saône-et-Loire sitting on the eastern foothills of the Massif Central, whose geographical bounaries coincide roughly with those of the arrondissement of Mâcon. The main inhibited places are Mâcon, Cluny and Tournus
Mâconnais is well-known for its wines,wine growing being its main economic activity. The Maconnais vineyard, which ranges from Tournus to the edge of Beaujolais, is the southernmost and the largest of the Bourgogne vineyards.
It is made up of three distinct geographic areas: the Saône valley, the Maconnais heights, which bear the vineyards, and the Maconnais hills, an area of pasture and forest.