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The Jura vineyards stretch from the north to the south of the department, between Salins-les-Bains to St Amour, along an 80 km strip, called Revermont. Burgs and wine-growing villages spread out along the foothills of the sunny vineyard-covered slopes of the Jura mountains. The vines thrive in the favorable exposure and marly soil to produce great vintage wines and 6 official labels or "Appellation Contrôlées"e; (Arbois, Chateau-Chalon, Etoile, Côtes du Jura, Macvin and Crémant du Jura) for 5 types of vines: Chardonnay and Savagnin (whites), Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot noir (reds).

Luminaries such as Charles-Quint, Henri IV or Napoleon appreciated this thousand-year-old vineyard, which has preserved its prestigious past, as witnessed today by its castles, abbeys, churches, towns and villages. Several wine festivals are organized through the year offering wine tasting, cellar visits, parades, games and arts and craft exhibits.

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Arbois

Picturesque little town surrounded by vineyards, Arbois is the capital of Jura wines. It produces unusual fine wines. The most famous is the unique "Vin Jaune", made from the Savagnin grape. Several winegrowers' cellars are open to the public for a taste of their local wine. The town also hosts a few annual wine celebrations: Wine Festival, Biou Festival and Vin Jaune (Yellow Wine) Festival... more info

Arbois, Jura Wine Road

Montigny-les-Arsures

4 km from Arbois, this main wine-growing village is the capital of the Trousseau wine, made from a type of vine which found its ideal soil here. This village remains one of the most picturesque in the Revermont area, with its 12th century church, 15th century castle and seignioral mansions.
Pasteur, the renowned scientist, had a vineyard 2 km to the north of this village, where in 1878 he conducted his famous experiments on the fermentation of grapes, which lead to the foundation of modern wine-making science.The village celebrates the Trousseau Wine Festival every other year, at the end of August.

Montigny les Arsures image

Pupillin

3 km from Arbois, Pupillin is one of the great vineyard names. It is a typical wine-growing village with beautiful restored houses decorated with flowers. A belvedere with a picnic area gives a panoramic view over the entire vineyard. It claims to be the world capital of the Poulsard wine and celebrates it with an annual festival, "Poulsard en Fête". Wine tasting is available.

Pupillin villge image

Poligny

Listed as "Petite cité comtoise de caractère" (small town of character), Poligny is the capital of Comte cheese, but good wines have been produced from the surrounding area for centuries. The rock "Croix du Dan" towers over the small town surrounded by rich farmland. Poligny also has a rich architectural heritage from its past.

Pilgny town center image

Chateau-Chalon

15 km from Lons-le-Saunier, this beautiful medieval village is perched on a rocky promontory high above the local vineyards. The Savagnin vine vineyards growing on the steep hillsides produce the renowned "Vin Jaune" (yellow wine), a golden-colored wine exquisite to both the nose and the palate, which can be sampled in the producers cellars. The other attractions include its 12th century church, feudal castle and two scenic viewpoints.

Chateau Chlon village

Arlay

This charming village with a rich past has kept the remains of its medieval castle. The beautiful setting of an 18th century castle has been chosen to explain to visitors the role of predators in nature. The castle has a beautiful wine tasting cellar. Today it is the headquarters of a very old and renowned family operated wine business.

Chateau Arlay vineyards

L'Etoile

5 km from Lons-le-Saunier, this village is known for the small star-shaped fossils found in the earth, after which it is named, as well as for its wine, known and recognized since the 13th century. It produces only white and sparkling wines. Wine tasting is offered by the local producers.

L'Etoile village

Chateau du Pin

Vineyard and pastures surround this medieval castle located to the north of Lons-le-Saunier. The watch tower built in the 13th century to protect the salt road, has been restored in the 15th century. It offers a beautiful view of the surrounding area.

Chateau du Pin image

Montaigu

Set above Lons-le-Saunier, this small village with a 13th century church and Rouget de Lisle's family house (composer of "La Marseillaise"), offers 2 panoramic views, one over the city and the other over the Revermont region. The vineyards planted in the 13th century by the Chartreux monks and their "Celliers" (beautiful vaulted cellars) belong to a family who has kept the tradition for 7 generations since 1794. Their wines can be sampled and purchased on the premises.

A Montaigu wine callar

Lons-le-Saunier

Capital of the Jura, Lons-le-Saunier is an ideal city base to tour the vineyards around. A handsome group of winegrowers' houses on the "Place de la Comedie" (Comedy Square) have recently been restored and bear witness to an activity deeply rooted in the local culture, as illustrated by the old wine press in the middle of the square... more info

Image of an old wine press in Lons le Saunier

 
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