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Decanter travel guide: Jura, France

Heads are finally turning towards this tiny region, home to weird and wonderful wines, famed Comté cheese and picturesque scenery. Read Sue Style's Jura travel guide here.

Jura: where to stay, eat, shop and relax


Château de Germigney, Port Lesney

Once a hunting lodge, now a Relais & Chateaux set in a stunning garden. Chef Pierre Basso Moro’s taste-packed food is anchored in the Jura but modern in style. Helpful steer from the sommelier for newcomers to the region’s wines. chateaudegermigney.com

Les Jardins sur Glantine, Poligny

A small gem hidden inside an 18th-century townhouse on Poligny’s main street with two comfortable four-bed suites. Epic breakfast and legendary table d’hôtes by former French Masterchef contestant Natalie Eigenschenck.jardinsurglantine.natidees.com

Gîte Les Logis du Théatre, Poligny

Tasteful four-bedroom gîte in a beautifully restored townhouse with a spectacular kitchen and tiny garden. The Clarisses convent is just over the wall. gites-defrance.com/location-vacances-Poligny-Gite-Les-Logis-Du-Theatre-39G1946.html

Hostellerie St-Germain, St-Germain-lès-Arlay

Small, recently modernised hostelry in the stunning Seille valley, the incarnation of a restaurant with rooms – stay here to sample Chef Marc Tupin’s creative riffs on the local cuisine. hostelleriesaintgermain.com


Les 16 Quartiers, Château-Chalon

Simple auberge opposite the 10th-century church serving traditional Jura fare, cosy in winter with stone floors, beams and polished wooden tables and a gently shaded summer terrace. Tel: +33 3 84 44 68 23

Hotel-Restaurant Jean-Paul Jeunet, Arbois

Attentive, unfussy, gently humorous service, highly skilled, good-looking food, judicious sommelier advice on the dazzling wine list and some rooms. jeanpauljeunet.com

Restaurant La Balance Mets et Vins, Arbois

Town bistro sporting blackboard specials and a good choice of Jura wines by the glass – the place to taste coq au vin jaune aux morilles, a regional classic. labalance.fr

Le Grand Jardin, Baume-les-Messieurs

Small, homely restaurant (with rooms), perfectly placed for visiting the abbey and spectacular Cirque de Baume.


Le Bistrot de Port Lesney

Offshoot of Château de Germigney, redolent with red-and-white check cloths, foie gras, sautéd calves liver, unctuous potato mash, Paris-Brest and selected local drops served glasswise. bistrotdeportlesney.com


Domaine André et Mireille Tissot, Arbois

If you can’t visit this celebrated 46-hectare biodynamic domaine in Montigny-lès-Arsures, taste the wines at their shop on Arbois’ main square. stephane-tissot.com

Badoz Vins et Fromages, Poligny

Stylish boutique selling a range of wines from Domaine Badoz, top cheeses and charcuterie. boutique-badoz-vinsfromages-poligny-jura.com

Yves Brelot, Poligny

Stock up on prime porky pieces at this chic charcuterie/deli on the main street. facebook.com/charcuteriebrelot

Les Délices du Plateau, Plasne

One of the Jura’s last remaining small-scale fruitières (dairy co-ops), making Comté from milk from 22 farms on the plateau above Poligny. comte.com/plasne

Percée du Vin Jaune

Annual festival held on the first weekend in February (Montigny-lès-Arsures in 2015) to celebrate the newly bottled vintage of vin jaune. percee-du-vin-jaune.com

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