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April 16, 2014


The Jura Needed a Savior

How many wine drinkers think of viticulture as a form of warfare?  Not many, I suppose.  But a third of the way through Wink Lorch’s book Jura Wine is a list of events labelled “A century of battles: 1850 - 1950.”  It is a long list.

Around 1850, the development of the railways led to a great expansion of winemaking in the south of France, threatening growers in the north.  Especially affected were marginal areas like the Jura, a small area east of Burgundy, nearly in Swiss territory.  There, viticulture was more difficult, crops less abundant.

In the years following the arrival of the railroads, there was a succession of disasters, both ...[More]


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