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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

Hotels

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

Restaurants

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.

legrandjardin.fr

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

Shops

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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