Wines: The Essential Guide to the Wines and Wine Growing Regions of France
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Jura Wine Trail
The Jura is a region well known for its cheeses,
especially Comté, and for its undulating landscapes. Winters are
cold and ideal for cross-country skiing. But its summers are warm
enough to allow vines to be cultivated. Jura wines have their
own special characteristics, especially the most outstanding one,
the mysterious vin jaune from Château-Châlon...
The Wine Trail winds its way through the foothills
of the Jura mountains. It passes through an astonishing variety
of landscapes: forests, hillsides, valleys and cliffs succeed
one another among the villages and small towns which have for
the most part retained their true character. Who would not enjoy
a stroll through Arbois, Pupillin, Salins, Arc-et-Senans (a short
distance away from the wine-producing area) or in the village
of l'Etoile so famous for its white wines?
And of course there are the countless gourmet delights to be had
in the region. Anyone who has ever tasted coq aux morilles
et au vin jaune, or drunk a glass of savagnin over
an old comté de fruitière cheese, can have but one wish:
to hurry back to the Jura!nin over an old comté de fruitière
cheese, can have but one wish: to hurry back to the Jura!
A brief history
Very old established vineyards, much
less extensive today than in the past...
The Jura produces an interesting range of white
wines (from the savagnin and chardonnay varieties of grape) and
red wines (using the poulsard, trousseau et pinot noir grape),
as well as two interesting and unusual wines that are not to be
missed: vin jaune and vin de paille.
The wine-producing region of the Jura extends
over a relatively small area, being concentrated in one long narrow
strip. It can easily and pleasurably be covered in one day, and
you can profitably devote a full weekend to the exploration of
the many other tourist sights in between your samplings of the
wines of the region.
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