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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