The wines of the Jura are mentioned by Pliny in the year 80A.D., then feature in 10th century documents coming from Arbois as well as those from Chateau-Chalon and Salins-les-Bains from the 16th century.
If the beginnings of the cultivation of the vine in the region are lost, there are several trustworthy, historic witnesses to prove an ancient heritage.
“La Séquanie”, the region that will become Franche-Comté, and its wines, was mentioned by Pliny in his natural history work as follows:- “[...]there has been discovered a vine which produces a fruit that imparts to its wine a strong flavour of pitch: it is the famous grape that confers such celebrity on the territory of Vienne and of which several varieties have recently enriched the territories of the Sequani [...]”. Is this is a thinly veiled allusion to the celebrated Savagnin grape that we know today? In 1732 a decree limited the list of “authorised” grape varieties thus starting the quality regulations that continue today. In addition Read more »