Discreet by their very nature, the vineyards of the Bugey wines (AOC) cover 500 hectares, divided into three production areas: the Cerdon area and its steep slopes, the Montagnieu area above the right banks of the Rhône, and finally the Belley area in the foothills of the Grand-Colombier. Grown slightly downhill from the very diversified and exposed calcareous soils, the vineyards produce a fairly wide range of wines, of which 56% are sparkling wines.
A comprehensive range to act as subtle accompaniment to typical regional foods
The grape varieties are well known. The reds include Gamay, Pinot noir, Poulsard (a grape also commonly used in Jura wines) and Mondeuse. For the whites we have Chardonnay and Altesse, or Molette and Aligoté. At the end of the day, with Bugey whites, Bugey reds and sparkling wines made using traditional methods, you’ll always find something to accompany a portion of Comté , Bleu de Gex, quenelles in a Nantua sauce or even diot sausages, pâtés, a Tome de Belley (a cheese containing both cow’s milk and goat’s milk), some mushrooms or salted nuts. From starter through to dessert, the Bugey vintages always enhance a good dish.
A route for tourists to uncover the region’s vineyards
The 5 marked trails are an invitation to holidaymakers to uncover authentic vineyards in their own time, walking from village to village. Brillat-Savarin called this area “an English garden of one hundred leagues square”. Here, small pleasures are linked together. From the Glandieu waterfall to the Lac de Chavornay… from the Marais de Lavours to the banks of the Rhône… from the caves at Cerdon to the summit of the Grand-Colombier…The amazing variety of landscapes in this area will surprise you.