France: Jura

Around Arbois

Salins les Bains to Poligny
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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Main grape varieties


Also known as Ploussard, especially in the village of Pupillin, the self-styled world capital of Ploussard - this very pale red grape produces light reds and rosés, and is also a key ingredient for many Vins de Paille.

Related to the Bastardo of Portugal and growing in popularity in the Jura, but still with only 100ha grown in the region, its area of predilection is around Arbois, especially at the village of Montigny-les-Arsures.

Pinot Noir
Warmer summers in recent years and improved winemaking techniques have produced better results from this grape in many parts of the region, though historically it has done best in the southern part of the Jura.


The most widely planted grape in the region, used for a wide range of styles. Increasing amounts go into making the sparkling Crémant du Jura, which has raised the quality level of the still Chardonnays produced.

Known locally sometimes as Naturé and now know to have originated in the Jura yet genetically the same as the Traminer grape. Savagnin is a late ripener, and produces high acid wines, ideal to withstand years of ageing.

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