Burgundy wine producer Albert Bichot has opened a EUR3m (US$4.1m) winery in Beaune, eastern France.

The new Colbert winery will produce 2,000 hectolitres of red wine and 6,000 hectolitres of white wine annually. The site is close to the company's headquarters in Beaune, which it is hoped will cut down on C02 emissions.

"The winery's main function is to vinify and age a minimum of 60% of the regional appellations we sell," said Albert Bichot's chief winemaker, Alain Serveau.

The company has also bolstered its vineyard management team by appointing Grégoire Ponnell as grape purchasing manager. "We will be able to be more accurate in selecting vineyards, desired yields, checking for ripeness, and the ideal harvest date," said Serveau.

Albert Bichot owns of 100ha of vines within four estates in Chablis, Nuits-St-Georges, Pommard, and Mercurey.