From Fossil to Fashion


How the Jura wine scene got trendy

By Robert Camuto -- Wine Spectator Nov. 15, 2015

In France's tiny, quirky Jura wine region, vintners have a happy problem. In recent years, Americans have discovered Jura wines, from crisp Chardonnays and sparklers to light, indigenous reds and Sherry-like vins jaunes. Stateside, Jura wines are fashionable. Yet for most of France, they remain obscure. "I sell more wine in New York than I do in Paris," laughs Stéphane Tissot, a leading producer in one of France's oldest appellations, the Jura's Arbois.

The success of the Jura can be attributed to a new generation of inquisitive sommeliers seeking food-friendly, relatively inexpensive wines, as well as to an American open-mindedness about trying new things—especially from small, individualistic vignerons. The export boom has ricocheted in positive ways back to Jura wine country, about 5,000 acres of vineyards spread along a 60-mile strip that lies approximately 40 miles east of Burgundy's fabled Côte d'Or. A young, international set of winemakers, lured by affordable vineyards and a leading scene for organics, has flocked here and helped turn the region into what may be France's most dynamic wine scene.

Established winemakers from outside the region are beginning to take notice. "You can make beautiful wines from the terroirs in the Jura," says Guillaume d'Angerville of Burgundy's Domaine Marquis d'Angerville. "The region is not widely known, but it produces magnificent the full article at the Wine Spectator