Jura Wine

Jura is a French wine region that lies between Burgundy and Switzerland. The wines produced here are very unique, some would say “funky,” meant in the nicest possible way. This is a cool-climate region, with clay and limestone soils and plenty of Jurassic era fossil matter, hence the name. It’s split into four regional appellations: Arbois, Côtes du Jura, L’Etoile, and Château-Chalon. 

Before the Phylloxera blight which destroyed most of the vineyards in the late 1800s, more than 40 varietals were grown here. Now only five grapes remain: Ploussard (Poulsard), Trousseau, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay (referred to here also as Melon d’Arbois), and Savignin (also called Naturé). Arbois and Côtes du Jura (for all areas outside of Arbois) cover red, white, and rosé wines made from all five grapes.The reds of Arbois tend to be pale (sometimes called rosé, even when they are full on reds because of their pink hue), light to medium-bodied and Read more »

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  • Savagnin

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Mondeuse

    This characterful red grape grown in France’s alpine Savoie region is known as Refosco in hills of northern Italy. In...

  • Bastardo

    Currently under threat of extinction. Grape: Bastardo Color: Red Synonyms: Trousseau   Main Regions:...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Popular Wineries in Jura View all

  • Domaine Geneletti

    Michel Geneletti inherited this estate from his maternal grandmother in 1976. There arre 13 hec...

  • Domaine Berthet Bondet

    Jean Berthet-Bondet, like his wife Chantal, does not come from a long line of winemakers, althoug...

  • Fruitiere Vinicole d'Arbois

    This is a co-operative group founded in 1906 which now has almost 100 members with over 250 hec...

  • André & Mireille Tissot

    A wine made with love and passion produces an emotion... You can find in a wine the personality a...

  • Domaine Rolet

    An Estate which reflects the image of an ever-changing Jura and family enterprise, this Estate wa...

  • Château D'Arlay

    Located in the heart of the Jura vineyards, the Arlay Castle produces a "Great vintage" of the gu...

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  • OK, back to wine.Drinking an interesting red wine from the Cotes du Jura made from the trousseau grape (bastardo in Portugal).  This pours out a bit light red in the glass with a subtle earthy aroma mixed with ripe black cherry.  There's a good hit of acid carrying smooth, slightly drying tannins to a fairly long finish. The ripe black cherry fl... Read More

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  • Chateau-Chalon Domaine Geneletti 2005


    I bought this bottle of wine for £15 from thewebsite ... grape is native to the Jura region although it is beleived to be related to gewurztraminer.My bottle is from a family run estate which I actually visited back in 2008.About a third of the volume is lost in this process and the wine is bottled in a 62cl bottle known as a clavelin.I started... Read More

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  • Arbois Trousseau les Corvees Domaine de la Touraize 2016


    I bought this bottle of wine for £10 from a stall in South London's Borough ... ... Market.It is from the Jura wine region of France,a part of Franche-Comte between Burgundy and the Swiss border in the foothills of the Alps.The Arbois appellation was created in 1936,although there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval era for ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Marquis d'Angerville Domaine du Pelican Arbois Poulsard Jura 2016


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • But then again 2012 and 2014 are hardly all that much 'older vintage's ... ... blanc, various from the Jura, Sauternes or Tokaji or Madeira, etc., etc. Al??), even if these bottles are of cheap swill served from spigots to fill empty gallon jugs back home in Italy. Though this particular grape is kinda suited to primeur servings and doesn't o... Read More

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  • Or in this case, ancient Greek wine. Interesting to consider the origins of the ... ... techniques still used in Jura and elsewhere. I do like the modern Jura versions.Dionysos making wine with satyrs and maenads: Excited old guys making their own wine:  Those ancient Greek jars were amphorae, and after storage in them, when it came time to dri... Read More

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  • Jura's great. First encountered the wines when I made a trip there in the effort to chase down some vin jaune (grapes dried on straw before vinification) I'd heard about but not yet seen, back in the early '80s. During that trip I also  got to meet their distinctive-but-excellent chardonnays, in depth, and some pure PNs. On later trips, and thro... Read More

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  • Don't see much Jura posted, I'll try to keep that producer in mind Duncan. Read More

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  • DUNCAN - I've always liked wines from the Jura region.  Smooth and supple, good fruit also. Read More

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  • I had a lovely wine which is easily the equal of a good Burgundy, a Cotes du Jura from Jean Bourdy,which is a blend of one third each of pinot noir,trousseau and poulsard,the last two being grapes native to the Jura region Read More

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