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Poligny and the wines of Jura
Ready for a trip made up of delicious discoveries. Spend Friday in Salins-les-Bains and its surrounding area, exploring the Franche-Comté countryside, its vineyards and its lavish cellars. Then, armed with your weekend pass, bookable online in advance from the Percée du vin jaune website, head to Poligny on Saturday morning for the opening of the festivities: a celebration of the cru 2012, this nectar of the gods, now ready for bottling after 6 years and 3 months of maturing in oak barrels ; as well as a programme of events based around vin jaune (yellow wine) , a complex and full-bodied wine. Tastings and cooking competitions,… and all in a festive, friendly atmosphere. You can extend your trip by heading to Lons-Le-Saunier, the capital of Jura and a treat for your taste buds! So don’t delay and book your accommodation now on MyTripTailor to receive your personalised guide for this route.
MyTripTailor Information: It’s essential to pre-book your passes for the Percée du vin jaune so visit the Percée du vin jaune website. You can either book a two-day pass or opt for just one day of the weekend.
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From Salins-les-Bains, allow part of the day to visit the two grandes salines (salt works), both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which have contributed to the region’s great industrial past under the Ducs de Bourgogne (Dukes of Burgundy). Begin with Arc-et-Senans 20 minutes north of the town; after this introduction to the subject, enjoy a visit of the Grande Saline in Salins-les-Bains. You can learn all about the history of making salt extracted from Jura’s salt water springs. If you have time, you can enjoy superb panoramic views of the town by walking across to Fort-Saint-André which overlooks Salins-les-Bains, or you can head to the spa town of Pont du Diable where you can spend a relaxing afternoon in one of its spas. Stay overnight in Salins-les-Bains.
Have your pass ready for the Percée du vin Jaune? (NB – no bookings taken on site). Then head to Poligny! The route passes Arbois where you can stop off to explore the historic sites of its centre. But don’t be late reaching Poligny and its festivities. Its outdoor show offers the chance to immerse yourself in the world of Jura wine, subtle and flavoursome, considered a nectar of the gods. With wine glass in hand, browse the cellars and explore the town’s various events based around this « Jurassien gold ».
MyTripTailor Info: The event is not open to children. Please beware of alcohol misuse, particularly if you are taking the car back to your accommodation.
The party in Poligny carries on into Sunday if you have the two-day pass! You can learn a great deal from the many wine producers taking part in this 22nd year of the Percée du vin Jaune as your taste buds pick up on the aromas of the terroir, nuts, dried fruit, spices and apples, typical of the Savagnin grape variety. Spend another night in Poligny.
After this tasting weekend, enjoy the charms of Franche-Comté. Take the route to Château-Chalon, a village perched on a rocky spur with magnificent views of the surrounding vineyards. The village is also the birthplace of vin jaune (yellow wine). Afterwards, stop off a few kilometres further along at Baume-les-Messieurs, well positioned in a superb cirque and classed among the most Beautiful Villages in France. The village owes its name to a Benedictine abbey occupied solely by its men which is a must to visit. Your journey ends in Lons-le-Saunier, a spa town and the capital of Jura which is a pleasure to visit as you bring your Jura stay to a close.
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