Jura Wine

Jura is a French wine region that lies between Burgundy and Switzerland. The wines produced here are very unique, some would say “funky,” meant in the nicest possible way. This is a cool-climate region, with clay and limestone soils and plenty of Jurassic era fossil matter, hence the name. It’s split into four regional appellations: Arbois, Côtes du Jura, L’Etoile, and Château-Chalon. 

Before the Phylloxera blight which destroyed most of the vineyards in the late 1800s, more than 40 varietals were grown here. Now only five grapes remain: Ploussard (Poulsard), Trousseau, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay (referred to here also as Melon d’Arbois), and Savignin (also called Naturé). Arbois and Côtes du Jura (for all areas outside of Arbois) cover red, white, and rosé wines made from all five grapes.The reds of Arbois tend to be pale (sometimes called rosé, even when they are full on reds because of their pink hue), light to medium-bodied and Read more »

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  • Poulsard

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Savagnin

  • Trousseau

    Trousseau Noir is one of the three principle red grapes of the Jura. The Portuguese Bastardo is the same grape. There...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Bastardo

    Currently under threat of extinction. Grape: Bastardo Color: Red Synonyms: Trousseau   Main Regions:...

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  • Domaine Pignier

    The domain of Montaigu was founded in the 13th Century by Carthusian monks. They worked the best...

  • Domaine Rolet

    An Estate which reflects the image of an ever-changing Jura and family enterprise, this Estate wa...

  • Château D'Arlay

    Located in the heart of the Jura vineyards, the Arlay Castle produces a "Great vintage" of the gu...

  • André & Mireille Tissot

    A wine made with love and passion produces an emotion... You can find in a wine the personality a...

  • Château Béthanie (Fruitière Vinicole d'Arbois)

    En 1906, alors que le vignoble jurassien se relève à peine de la crise phylloxérique, la concurre...

  • Domaine Berthet Bondet

    Jean Berthet-Bondet, like his wife Chantal, does not come from a long line of winemakers, althoug...

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