Wines: The Essential Guide to the Wines and Wine Growing Regions of France
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Savoie Wine Trail
||Savoy is one of France's most beautiful tourist destinations,
where winter is for skiing, summer for walks in the mountains. But
were you also aware that it is also a charming and delightful region
that produces lovely wines, mostly whites, that will reward you
for all your energetic exertions?
Discovering the terraces of vines on the
lower slopes of the mountains, sampling the cool white wine and
meeting growers so obviously in love with their work, these are
just some of the pleasures that the Savoy region has to offer.
To be sure, it is a region better-known for its tourism, with
its landscapes, its lakes and its skiing, than for its tradition
of vine cultivation. And yet...
Walkers, climbers and skiers will often come across small villages
with vineyards, such as Apremont, Crépy, Chignin, Seyssel, where
they can enjoy a taste of the delightful wines which go so very
well with the local cheeses like Reblochon, Tomme, Beaufort and
A very old tradition of vine cultivation,
with little-known wines but growing in importance...
Red and white grapes with distinct
characters, a wide diversity of climatic conditions, delightful
red, white and sparkling wines which are an ideal accompaniment
to the region's cheeses (and of course those of other areas!)...
There are among the wines of Savoy
two local appellations: AOC Crépy and Seyssel, and two regional
appellations: AOC Vin de Savoie and AOC Roussette de Savoie.
From north to south, the areas of vine
cultivation are divided into five wine-producing districts.
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