I hope you enjoyed my Rhône Valley travelogue! After 2 nights in the Northern Rhône, we headed north to the Jura to the charming town of Arbois. We spent 3 nights in the gorgeous Closerie les Capucines, a renovated 17th century convent with the most amazing light-filled central courtyard and a lovely backyard pool and garden butting up to the river.
We spent our mornings visiting vineyards and tasting wine and then would return each afternoon for a dip and a nap by the pool, my kind of vacation!
Once again, this region was totally foreign to me along with the dominant grape varieties: Trousseau, Ploussard, and Savagnin.
And had some fabulous meals at Bistrot Le Pontarlier, Le Grapiot, Bistrot des Claquets, and La Balance (famous for chicken and morels cooked in Vin Jaune). We had a not so great meal at Caveau d’Arbois, food was fine but the ambiance was seriously lacking and it was overpriced.
We visited several co-op dairies, sampling Comté, the famous local cheese.
And took day trips to Baume-les-Messieurs and Château-Chalon, two of the most beautiful villages in France.
This region was the perfect balance of food, wine, and relaxation. Our days were filled but not in a stressful way, the wines were unique and delicious and the scenery was absolutely stunning. I can’t wait to make a return visit!!