The Amateur Gastronomer in Jura

Jura is a department in eastern France in the province of Franche-Comté. East of Burgundy and west of Switzerland, this region may be best known for its cheese (Comté and Morbier).

With a much smaller production than neighboring Burgundy, the wines of Jura are not as well known. Burgundian grapes Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are grown in the Jura, along with local varieties Savagnin (white), Poulsard and Trousseau (red).

It is the taste that sets Jura wines apart from all other French wines. Highly acidic with volatile and oxidative characteristics, these are the kind of wines that excite wine fans. Their unique flavors lure you in sip after sip and demand further exploration.

Savagnin is the star of Jura, and is used in the highly prized Vin Jaune. This wine is aged for at least 6 years and 3 months in oak barrels and develops a host of remarkable flavors that may include lemon, ripe cheese, ginger and curry.

Articles and Videos:

An Introduction to the Jura
Though smaller and not as well known as France’s other wine regions, the Jura produces exceptional whites and reds that deserve to be recognized.

Harvest in the Jura
The month of September brings splashes of color to the vineyards in the Jura. In this video take a look at the beginning of the harvest.

Savagnin: Grape & Wine of the Jura
Exciting, extraordinary and unusual, these wines are some of the most remarkable whites in France — and the world.

Lifting the Veil on Vin Jaune
This dry white wine is made from Savagnin grapes and aged for at least six years and three months in oak barrels. Find out what else makes the wine from France’s Jura region unique.