Vineyard walks

The Jura on canvas

19.06.2014 | Vineyard walks

The Jura on canvas

Though small, the Jura’s vineyards boast a great and diverse wealth of colour. Vines and wines offer an incredible palette of hues and tints that have inspired artists through the ages. The Jurassian terroir has thus bequeathed a pictorial legacy, illustrated by the ten paintings below. Ten canvases by artists from different eras, which take you on a stationary stroll through time and space to discover the region’s landscapes through the singular eye of their creators – from the vines of Arbois to the local market, as well as lakes, mountains and villages in colours that change with the seasons. Take a moment to contemplate them… COURBET, Paysage du Jura / Jura Landscape, 1866, huile sur toile, 73 x 92 cm. COURBET, Vue d’Ornans / View of Ornans, 1852, huile sur toile, 73 x 91,1 cm. MEHEUT, Château de Mérona / Mérona Château, 2007, huile sur toile, 30 x 30 cm, http://www.thierry-meheut.fr. MEHEUT, Église de Gigny / Church in Grigny, 1996, huile sur toile, 20 x 30 cm, http://www.thierry-meheut.fr. MEHEUT, Onoz, hiver sans neige / Onoz, Snowless Winter, 2014, huile sur toile, 30 x 60 cm, http://www.thierry-meheut.fr. MEHEUT, Bellecin...

A trek that’s worth its salt

19.06.2014 | Vineyard walks

A trek that’s worth its salt

A little-known aspect of the Jura’s heritage, the Voies du Sel (“Salt Roads”) route winds through vineyards and villages, inviting visitors to discover the scenery and delicious produce of the Franche-Comté region. On foot, horseback or mountain bike, more and more people are exploring these unusual trails on a mouth-watering trek a few days long. Robert Vidotto, who runs Voies du Sel treks, offers a taster of what to expect during the 2014 event. Do the Voies du Sel pass through many of the Jura’s vineyards? They often do, yes, even though there’s a different route each year. It can be travelled equally well on foot, bike or horseback – there’s something for everyone. What links are there between wine and salt ? Wine and salt are both ancient products and can be used to preserve food – they’ve existed throughout human history. Salt was once known as “white gold” – it was as precious as this royal metal. The Jura produced salt, and the royal saltworks was part of the landscape. Back then, because it was so valuable, salt was conveyed by men called “gabelous”, who received the...

A stroll down memory lane

26.02.2014 | Vineyard walks

A stroll down memory lane

The Wines of the Jura – traditional products that are especially popular worldwide, particularly in China – have a promising future beyond French borders precisely because they have a long and beautiful history, as Jia Peng explained in a previous post. A trawl through the Jura’s archives has uncovered some rare and precious photos of yesteryear – to give you a black-and-white insight into the lives of Jurassian vigneron families in the early 20th century. These delightfully vintage shots shed an unusual, intimate light on the Wines of the Jura. Poligny (Dept. of Jura) – “The Vigneron”, the remaining fragment of a monument in honour of Wladimir Gagneur (1807-1889), a local member of parliament and champion of farming cooperatives, circa 1930. A cellar with wine barrels. “The Vigneron’s Fountain” in Salins-les-Bains. Champon, a maker of wines, spirits, lemonade and beer, in Salins-les-Bains. The oldest working vigneron in Salins-les-Bains: Mr. Ferréol Daclin, aka “Dadiane” (1826-1913). In Salins-les-Bains, “The Vigneron’s Fountain”, with a statue by Max Claudet (1864). In 1909, a harvest scene at the Villa des Riantes, Salins-les-Bains. Transporting wine in Salins-les-Bains. Harvest scene in Salins-les-Bains. Picking grapes in Salins-les-Bains,...

A musical summer stroll in Arbois

16.07.2013 | Vineyard walks

A musical summer stroll in Arbois

From July 19th to 21st in Arbois, the Festi’caves event will play on the harmonies of the AOC Arbois wines. On the programme for this 10th edition are food stands, concerts and wine tastings by candlelight. On Sunday, take a gourmet stroll through the vineyards, accompanied by enthusiastic producers. A weekend of delight for the senses. With a programme of concerts, strolls and tastings, all of the senses will be pleased on July 19th, 20th and 21st at the Festi’caves event, celebrating the great AOC Arbois wines*. On Friday and Saturday evening, the town centre of Arbois will host food stands and wine tastings, with a backdrop of folk tunes, funk music and Irish ballads. Fans of the 1950s and 60s will not want to miss the vintage Jura wine expo during the two evenings. Eclectic music and regional specialities will take over Square Sarret de Grozon, for the pleasure of one and all. On Sunday July 21st, visitors can gather for a guided stroll through the vineyards, punctuated by tastings: some 20 wine growers will share their passion for AOC Arbois wines. A perfect taste of summer! The...

Pierre Arditi: “I find vignerons absolutely fascinating”

05.06.2013 | Vineyard walks

Pierre Arditi: “I find vignerons absolutely fascinating”

  The top French actor, who this autumn will be shooting an episode of crime series Le sang de la vigne (“The Blood of the Vine”) in the Jura, near Arbois and Château-Chalon. A fan of wine and discoveries, he serves us his epicurean confessions…     Why does the world of wine fascinate you? Pierre Arditi : I love the beauty and soothing quality of vineyard landscapes, but above all I truly admire vignerons. They know about giving time its proper value. I’m personally obsessed with time, and I have a real fascination for these people’s mastery of it …   Are you happy to be filming an episode of Le sang de la vigne in the Jura ? Yes, I think the Jurassian scenery is majestic, and I’m very curious about the Jura’s wines, which are highly distinctive. I know the vin jaune and the white wines, but I want to discover the reds, which aren’t so well known but have a good reputation.   Do you take time to taste wines while filming ?  Of course! We spend four or five weeks in wine country, with...