The Tourist Wine Route Of The Jura (France)
No detoxing allowed here – the first weekend in February in the Jura region in eastern France is fully dedicated to wine tasting. The annual Percée du Vin Jaune sees the opening and savouring of the first barrel of a new vintage of the Jura’s famous wine. It is the culmination of six years, three months and ten days of the fermentation of different varieties of grapes which have been left unstirred in an oak barrel.
Since 1990, this special wine festival – now one of the biggest in France – has successfully been turned into a tourist attraction. Visitors can follow the 80 km-long Jura wine route stretching from Salinsles- Bains to Saint-Amour, highlighting the historical and cultural heritage of the region as well as its gastronomy. This way, local businesses, wine producers and associated partners intend to promote their products and their region. A quality label “Welcome to the Jura Wine Route” has also been set up.
The Jura route leads visitors through the region’s rich local heritage. Along it, they can discover more about:
- its internationally renowned spots – Arc et Senans, Baume-les-Messieurs, Château Chalon, Arbois, Lons-le-Saunier
- its historical and architectural heritage – wine-producing villages, old wine cellars, listed buildings
- local crafts – basketwork, pottery, art
- its cuisine – cheeses, salted meats, honeys.
Festivals for the summer months
This festival is just one in a series of celebrations spread throughout the year. These include:
- June – wine producers’ picnic
- July – Festi’Caves music festival
- August – wine-tasting fair, la Fête du Ploussard or la Fête du Trousseau
- September – wine producers’ ancestral festival, le Biou.
Year round destinations
Other historical and tourist destinations can be visited throughout the year:
- waterfalls are characteristic of the Jura’s mountainous limestone landscape
- steep gorges, left by receding glaciers, cut through the main plateau
- salt marshes
The family home and vineyard of Louis Pasteur – France’s most famous scientist, father of modern oenology – in Arbois is open to visitors.