Back in the Antiquity, the vineyard of Jura started developping in the 18th century, time when the first regulations appeared. Since the end of the 19th century, the preservation of the quality of the wines has become a major concern for winemakers in Jura.
The vineyard of Jura, covering about 1,800 hectares, is located on a terroir stretching from Salins-les-Bains in the North, to Saint-Amour in the South, planted between 200 and 400m above sea level. It benefits from a semi-continental climate with often brutal climate changes. The Summer in Jura is usually hot and dry. The Southern or South-Western exposure guarantees an important sunshine and a good protection from the wind. However, it shows some microclimates, pretty contrasted depending on the topography and the exposure to the sun. The soil is mostly composed of limestone, assuring permeability and solubility, particularly beneficial for the local grapes.
Jura produces red, rosé and white wine, as well as sparkling wine (Crémant du Jura). The Vin Jaune, very dry with typical aromas of nuts, is the most iconic of the region. Three specific grapes are mainly produced in Jura : Poulsard and Trousseau for the reds and rosés, Savagnin for the whites, sometimes supplemented with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - heritage of its burgundian neighbor. Six appellations illustrate the diversity and the quality of the wines of Jura : Arbois, Côtes du Jura and Château-Chalon are some of the most reknown.