France: Jura

Around Lons-le-Saunier

Château-Chalon, l'Etoile and the southern Côtes du Jura
By Wink Lorch

This Guide was last updated on 25 June 2014
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Itineraries

One-Day Ideal Itinerary

MORNING
Drive from Lons-le-Saunier towards Château-Chalon
Explore Château-Chalon and visit Fromageries Vagne
Visit 1: Domaine Berthet-Bondet
Visit 2: Domaine Macle (If you can get an appointment!)
Lunch at Hostellerie St-Germain or le Petit Victorien

AFTERNOON
Visit 1: Domaine Baud in Le Vernois
Drive to Baume-les-Messieurs
Explore the village and drive to the end of the ‘blind valley’
Drive back towards Lons diverting to Montaigu
Visit 2: Domaine Pignier.

 

Two-Day Ideal Itinerary

Day One:

MORNING
Drive from Lons-le-Saunier towards Château-Chalon
Explore Château-Chalon and visit Fromageries Vagne
Visit 1: Domaine Berthet-Bondet
Visit 2: Domaine Macle (if you can get the appointment!) otherwise try Jean-Pierre Salvadori or Jean-Claude Crédoz.
Lunch at Les 16 Quartiers or Le Petit Victorien

AFTERNOON
Drive to Arlay and walk around the village
Visit 1: Caves Jean Bourdy
Visit 2: Château d’Arlay to taste wines and a walk in the park
Evening meal and overnight at Hostellerie de Saint-Germain

Day Two:

MORNING
Visit Domaine Pignier in Montaigu
Drive to Baume-les-Messieurs stopping at a viewpoint from the cliffs
Once down in Baume-les-Messieurs, visit the abbey and explore the village
Lunch at Le Grand Jardin or Restaurant Les Grottes (summer only)

AFTERNOON
Drive back to Lons-le-Saunier for any shopping, especially beer at Bières 'Rouget de Lisle'
Drive south
Visit 1: Domaine des Marnes Blanches
Visit 2: Domaine Labet
Continue to Maynal to visit Claude Buchot if time and enjoy a casual evening meal and night at La Renouée.

 

 

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