Jura Wine Region Guide

Discover the Hidden Gem of French Winemaking: Where Tradition Meets Terroir in Every Bottle

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Last updated: April 11, 2024

Introduction

Positioned between Burgundy and Switzerland in eastern France, the Jura region stands out as a notable yet underappreciated wine-producing area, celebrated for its unique vin jaune and diverse wine styles. Its cool climate and varied terrain, from pastoral hills to dramatic, waterfall-strewn outcrops, contribute to the distinctiveness of its viticulture, akin yet distinct from its more renowned neighbors. Despite being one of France’s smallest wine regions, Jura’s traditional winemaking methods and its array of wines—from red and rosé to sparkling and sweet dessert wines—highlight its rich cultural and viticultural heritage.

Once ignored by consumers, Jura’s esoteric wines are on a roll. Sommeliers have played a big part in their revival, introducing oenophiles to a varied, delicious, and original tranche of grape varieties and tastes; any respectable hipster wine bar now offers at least one or two Jura vintages by the glass. The region also produces a decent volume of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, some of which bear more than a passing resemblance to red and white Burgundy. Native grapes, particularly the late-ripening Savagnin and the dark-skinned Pupillin, produce the most intriguing wines. Unlike 20 years ago, these wines are no longer impossible to find.

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