The Jura winegrowing region is a narrow slice of land about 80 km in length, which joins the Revermont region. People visit for the pretty landscape lined with vines for its fine gastronomy, and then fall in love with the exceptional natural and architectural heritage.
This site streteches across a narrow slice of land about 80 km in length, which joins the Revermont region between Salins-les-Bains and Saint-Amour. People visit for the pretty landscape lined with vines, and picture postcard villages with their culinary traditions: from a mâchon meat snack to a gourmet dinner, there are good restaurants everywhere here. Now back to the vines. There are four geographical AOCs (Controlled Designation of Origin, a French certification for quality local products): Arbois, Côtes du Jura, Château-Chalon and l’Etoile. In addition, there are three product AOCs: Macvin and Crémant du Jura and Marc du Jura. There are also three red grape varieties (Pinot, Poulsard and Trousseau), two white varieties (Chardonnay and Savagnin), 2,000 hectares of vines and just as many reasons to go wine tasting and meet the makers.
However, the Revermont has delights that go beyond the vines and cellars.
Village after Village
Each yellow stone village and landscape strung along the first foothills of the Jura Mountains is more attractive than the last. You will soon fall in love with the exceptional natural and architectural heritage. At the foot of Mont Poupet and on the banks of La Furieuse River, lies Salins-les-Bains and its Grande Saline salt works – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition there is Port-Lesney, a picturesque village which rests sleepily along the River Loue, Montigny-les-Arsures, capital of the Trousseau grape and its humorous drinking water fountain that warns you to, “drink responsibly.” You can also visit Arbois, the historic capital for Jura wines and also the Maison Pasteur; Pupillin with high-perched vines and the Poulsard, its renowned and loved grape variety; Poligny, the fiefdom of Comté cheese and home to the official Maison du Comté. Not to mention Château-Chalon and Baume-les-Messieurs, two of France’s prettiest villages; Arlay and its elegant castle surrounded by vines; and l’Etoile, casting its viticultural sparkle on the doorstep of Lons-le-Saunier. Above the Jura departmental capital, it is also worth mentioning Montaigu and further south there are the typical winegrowing villages of Rotalier and Gevingey.
Travelling the Revermont region and the Jura wine country also means embracing the famous blind valleys, caves, sources and waterfalls. The blind valleys Reculée des Planches near Arbois and the Reculée de Baume-les-Messieurs are both worth mentioning. Plenty to get hiker’s legs tingling and pique the interest of those who like underground attractions.