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Chessenaz (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Community association Usses and Rhône
Coordinates 46 ° 2 '  N , 5 ° 54'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 2 '  N , 5 ° 54'  E
height 290-595 m
surface 5.23 km 2
Residents 214 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 41 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74270
INSEE code

Chessenaz is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Chessenaz is located at 436  m , about 23 kilometers northwest of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends in a promising location on a ledge above the mouth of a short side stream in the Usses, southwest of the Montagne de Vuache , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 5.23 km² large municipality covers a section of the western Genevois. The southern border runs along the Usses, a left tributary of the Rhone , which flows here in a wooded valley from east to west. The valley is sunk around 150 m into the surrounding plateaus. A side stream flows from the north below Chessenaz, the eastern valley flank of which also belongs to the municipality. The community area extends to the east on the adjacent high plateau. At 595  m , the highest point in Chessenaz is reached at the foot of the Montagne de Vuache.

The hamlet of Héry ( 419  m ) and a few individual farms belong to Chessenaz . Neighboring communities of Chessenaz are Clarafond-Arcine in the north, Chaumont and Frangy in the east, Desingy in the south and Vanzy in the west.


Chessenaz is first mentioned in the 14th century under the name Chissina . The place name goes back to the old French word chesnei (oak grove). Chessenaz was assigned to the newly created canton of Frangy in 1860 ; before it belonged to the canton of Seyssel .


The village church of Chessenaz was built in 1924 in the neo-Gothic style.


Population development
year Residents
1962 134
1968 125
1975 122
1982 100
1990 107
1999 154
2005 161

With 214 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Chessenaz is one of the smallest communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1861 there were still 245 inhabitants in Chessenaz). However, the population has increased again since the early 1990s.

Economy and Infrastructure

Chessenaz is still a predominantly agricultural village today . Viticulture on the sunny southern slopes is particularly important . Chessenaz is located in the Savoie wine-growing region . White wines made from the Altesse grape variety (locally called Roussette ) may be marketed under the protected designation of origin Roussette de Savoie . The AOC Vin de Savoie applies to white wines of other grape varieties and red wines . There are also some local small businesses. Many workers are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area and in the Annecy area.

The village is off the main thoroughfares, but is easily accessible from the main road N508, which runs from Annecy to Bellegarde-sur-Valserine . Further road connections exist with Seyssel and Clarafond-Arcine. The closest connection to the A40 motorway is around 9 km away.

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