Wine Regions of France – Savoie

Savoie is an alpine area, attracting phalanxes of tourists in both summer and winter. Most of its crisp white wine is produced as Savoie AOC.

The high yielding Jacquere is the most prevalent of the white grapes. Altesse, called Roussette in Savoie, makes some of Savoie’s best wines under the Roussette de Savoie and Roussette de Bugey appellations. Roussanne (Bergeron) has its own appellation Chignin-Bergeron. Chardonnay is on the rise in Savoie, for still and sparkling wines, especially under the appellation of Bugey Cerdon.

Mondeuse is the red grape of note in Savoie for deeply-colored, peppery wines with a bitter edge. Gamay and Pinot Noir are grown to produce mainly light single varietal wines.