Shelters or cadoles

A cadole is an old dry-stone shelter typical of certain provinces of France, the vineyards of Burgundy and Beaujolais in particular. In the Monts d’Or (Coteaux du Lyonnais), they call them cabornes.

These buildings are deemed to be stable: some of them, they say, are several hundred years old! In fact, it appears that the ones that we see nowadays are no more than one or two hundred years old. Cadoles were built up until the 1920s.

 They were built with stones taken from the vineyards. The most ordinary stones were used to build the muras or murgers – little walls which marked out each vineyard parcel. The most beautiful stones, the ones that were broad and easy to pile on top of each other, were used to build the cadoles.

Each one served a well-defined area – generally a vineyard – and was used as a shelter by the wine growers: in them, they found warmth in the winter and coolness in the summer and a refuge from storms. However, some of them are thought to have been used as permanent dwellings.

The word cadole, a product of the provincial slang of the Lyonnais area, is also written cadolle. Synonyms: hut, cabin.


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