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Five organic Jura wine producers come to London

This coming May thanks to two organic wine fairs running over the same dates, there will be five Jura producers visiting London offering their wines to taste. It’s a great opportunity for UK wine lovers to learn about wines from the Jura, and I am hoping that their visit will start a small buzz for the Jura wine region in London and the UK.

I’m taking advantage of the producers being in London to put on a private evening tasting on May 19th for wine communicators (writers, bloggers, educators and sommeliers) – more details on this separate London Jura wine evening page.

There has never been a generic Jura tasting in London, this little region has wisely, in my view, chosen to spend its limited funds on promoting its wines in the USA and Canada these past few years. However, today at last more wines from Jura are being imported into the UK and creeping onto the lists of switched-on wine bars, wine shops and restaurants.

The REAL wine fair is partly organised by Les Caves de Pyrène who have for some years been the only importer in the UK bringing in wines from several producers in the Jura. It takes place from 20th– 22nd May with consumers welcome on Sunday 20th May, the other days being reserved for the wine trade. Present will be Domaine Philippe Bornard from Pupillin and Alice Bouvot who with partner Charles Dagand own Domaine Octavin in Arbois, both imported by Les Caves, as well as Evelyne Clairet from Domaine de la Tournelle in Arbois, imported into the UK by Dynamic Vines.

The RAW wine fair organised by Isabelle Legeron MW takes place on 20th for consumers and 21st May for trade, and includes producers from various biodynamic and natural wine organisations. The two Jura producers exhibiting, both looking for UK importers, are part of the Renaissance des Appellations (Return to Terroir) biodynamic group of French producers. They are Domaine de la Pinte, whose general manager and viticulturist Bruno Ciofi will be present, and Domaine Pignier, with Jean-Etienne Pignier, who runs the estate with his brother Antoine and sister Marie-Florence.

I know all these dedicated producers and their wines, and together they offer an intriguing cross-section of styles from the Jura. I urge you to mark your diaries for the two fairs, and put aside some time at each to visit the Jura stands. And, for any wine communicators amongst you take a look at the London Jura wine evening details and get in touch with me if you want an invitation.

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Trade Event: Jura comes to Chicago, Quebec, Montreal and Toronto

Jura in Chicago

After three years of presenting their wines in New York, this year an important group of 25 Jura wine producers are descending on Chicago, before continuing onto Canada for tastings in Quebec, Montreal and Toronto. The group includes large and small producers, some already exporting to certain US States and/or Canada, others hoping to gain their first export contracts.

Dates for the tastings are:
Monday April 16th: Chicago
Tuesday April 17th: Montreal
Wednesday April 18th: Quebec
Friday April 20th: Toronto
Note these tastings are for trade only. For an invitation contact Vincent Lafortune.

Exports from the Jura have risen steadily, especially in the past 3 years, and although figures are not available specifically for exports to the USA and Canada, in talking to producers (and seeing for myself the wines widely stocked in New York and San Francisco) these two markets are certainly of growing importance. However, total exports from the Jura remain below 7% compared to, for example, Alsace at 25% and about 33% for France as a whole.

The mix of producers present is interesting. Included are the region’s three largest producers, La Maison des Vignerons (part of Grand Chais de France), Henri Maire and the Fruitière Vinicole d’Arbois (the Arbois wine co-operative); several well established producers are present including Stéphane (Domaine A & M) Tissot, Domaine Rolet, Domaine Montbourgeau, Domaine Berthet-Bondet, Caves Bourdy, Domaine Jacques Tissot and Château d’Arlay; others that should be much better known than they are include Domaine Dugois, Domaine Labet, Jean Rijckaert, Julien Mareschal, Domaine Baud and Domaine Badoz. Also showing are some rising organic stars including Domaine Octavin, Domaine La Pinte, Hughes-Béguet, Champs Divin, Philippe Bornard and Ludwig Bindernagl (Chais du Vieux Bourg).

Each producer will present six wines and no doubt all the myriad of different Jura styles will be available to taste. It’s a fabulous opportunity to get to know these wines for the wine trade and media in the cities represented, and I wish the producers every success.

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