Vineyards and gastronomy
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From Salins-les-Bains to the Sud-Revermont, the vineyards cover a sun-facing bank over 80 kms. It can be visited on foot, by electric bicycle, or by motorbike. Listed as a "Petite Cité Comtoise de Charactère", plains and hills meet the vintners throughout the 150 vineyards open year-round. The French Jura is a privileged region for gourmets and nature lovers! Epicureans will also be fully satisfied with local produce such as the Vin Jaune and the Vin de Paille, and the 14 ¹AOC (¹Appellation d'Origine Controllée) local produce; 7 wines, 3 cheeses, 2 poultry, butter and cream from the Bresse-Jurassienne. The French Jura Department, the Jura, has a selection of Michelin Star restaurants, 4 in all, Jean-Paul JEUNET, Pierre BASSO-MORO, Joëlle CÉSARI, and Romuald FASSENET.
Five colours of wine
The French Jura wines are made from 5 grape varieties: Chardonnay and Savagnin for white wines, Poulsard, Trousseau and Pinot Noir for red wines. They represent the widest range and varieties for vineyards with 4 geographical ¹AOC, Arbois, Côtes du Jura, l'Étoile, and Château-Chalon, and 3 ¹AOC wine derived nectars, Jura Mac Vin, Crémant du Jura, and Marc du Jura.
About 200 vintners, with a varied background and production facilities, provide the range of red and rosé wine, white wine and Vin Jaune, Crémant (bubbly or sparkling wine), liqueur, fortified wine, Marc, and other refined liquor. Specific tastes, richness, diversity, typical and generous, all definitions for tastes are found in the French Jura wines.
Discovering the vineyards
Over 100 French Jura vintners are proud to display a plaque "²Vignobles et Découverte" (²Discovering Vintners and Vineyards), which is a national reference that aims to promote the best vintners in touristic areas throughout France, and it is awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Tourism, and it also represents a selection of skills, crafts, and careers in the wine production industry, including restaurants, vintners, dwellings and accommodation, events, activities and events providers, tourist offices, and local travel arrangement services.
Vignoble en fête (Vintner events and activities)
The "Percée du Vin Jaune", "Pressée du Vin de Paille", the "Biou" in Arbois, "Balade dans les vignes", and the various "Marchés gourmand", all provide a structure representing local produce; few French vineyards can boast about being able to offer events and activities throughout the year as the French Jura can. The French Jura vineyards represent the smallest vineyards in terms of production volume, (surface area), yet they can offer events and activities to please the most demanding; music, gastronomy, wine, all of which make a weekend holiday a memorable event.