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What makes Jura wine so intriguing ?

By Johnson Zhou

May 28, 2021

Although I have never travelled to Jura before, it has always been on my wine route list. With only 2000 hectares, Jura is no question the smallest wine region in France and one of the most fascinating regions for wine lovers to explore.

Today, Jura wines are a must entry in all high end restaurants in Hong Kong, wine professionals in the circle post wines from Jura almost everyday. What makes all the fuss? I am just as curious as you are - trust me! Think about when you find out that your favourite restaurant offers a new tasting menu with wines from Jura, but you know nothing about the region or in my case very little, it can be quite a scary experience.  You might ask why, here are some fun facts when you compare with Burgundy wines:

  • Burgundy has 2 noble grapes - Chardonnay & Pinot Noir,  Jura has 5 noble grapes;
  • Burgundy wines are normally bottled with single variety, Jura wine can be bottled single variety or a blend of 2 or 3 varieties.
  • Burgundy has mainly 2 wine styles, a red and a white; Jura makes all kinds of styles and each with its unique name.
  • Burgundy bottles its red and white in Burgundy bottles, Jura bottles are different in size and shape.

These are just some simple facts that why today's wine professionals are so into Jura wine,  it is definitely one of the most daunting but satisfying wine experience any wine lover would love to have.

Flip any wine book in our shop (big format), there are always some parts of the book that briefly introduce the region.  Don't get me wrong, they are all well written book and each author describes Jura in their unique and interesting way. But if you want me to recommend, it is Wink Lorch's Award Wining book "Jura Wine: With Local Food and Travel Tips"  uncovers the mystery with her 20+ years of experience in the Jura wine region. The book covers the people, culture, terroir and wines, plus travel tips and 90+ producers. Although it is mainly for wine, you can also find out about cheese, local foods and drinks from Franche-Comte.

Some people might worry that if the book is too academic, I can assure you this is the ultimate Jura experience that will visually take you through the region, you are reading part of the history and it would be your guide next time you travel to Jura, and most importantly next time you can be so confident like me when you shop for Jura wines.

It was on my wine route list before I read the book, now it is definitely on the top of my list! I am waiting for you to share with us your experience of reading this book, let me know!