Jura and Savoie wine region cultivates some of the most unknown grape varieties. Most of the wineries in Jura cultivate Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau, and Pinot Noir whilst in Savoie, Jacquère leads the way followed by Altesse, Roussanne, and Chasselas. Do not be fooled by the tiny viticultural region, in Jura and Savoie, almost 10% of France’s varieties are ingrained and produce remarkable wines.
Wineries in Jura and Savoie produce spectacular wine Vin Jaune. Nicknamed “the gold of the Jura”, Vin Jaune is one of the greatest white wines in the world. Made exclusively from the Savagnin grape, it is kept in oak barrels for at least six years and three months, without any intervention from the winegrower. It is so special that is bottled in a special type of bottle called Clavelin.
Vin de Paille is another excellent dessert wine produced in Jura and Savoie. Vin de Paille wines are made at varying sweetness levels, from medium sweet to lusciously sweet. The appellation requires a minimum of 14% alcohol and three years of aging (with 18 months in wood).