Located between Burgundy and Switzerland, the Jura region shares many similarities with Burgundy. However, the region is prone to harsh winters. The ripening level of the grapes is always a concern to winemakers and harvest time is often delayed. As a result, Jura wines are distinctive and unusual wines with the most famous being the vin jaune. Made by a similar process with Sherry, vin jaune is produced from the local Savagnin grape variety and aged for 6 years after fermentation in Burgundian barrels. Jura vineyards dot the landscape between the plains of the Bresse region and the Jura Mountains. The towns of Lons-le-Saunier and Arbois are commercial centers of the region. The region produces wines of great quality from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The Poulsard grape variety produces light and delightful red wines with spicy hints, while the Trousseau grape variety produces red wines offering finesse and complexity following years of cellar aging.
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