1AD The Romans are responsible for introducing the vine to Savoie
When the Roman Empire called the church took over and promoted the grape through the Middle Ages

20th Century 
All of France went through economic drama through numerous wars and The Depression

The expansion of the rail road allowed for transporting the inexpensive wines from the South to the North also added to the econmoic downfall of this region

Wine produced in Savoie is usually in consumed in Savoie. 
This region is a tourist Mecca with dozens of ski resorts. 
Little reaches the international market, especially Australia where I am ! 



Savioe is an alpine wine region located very close to the border of Switzerland and South of Jura.


The region has a rugged terrain 

Vines are planted on the mountains sides and flatter plots between the mountain peaks

Majority of the vineyards flank the Rhone river


2/3 of production is white wine 

Chaptalisation of the must is very common, often the grapes do not ripen




grape varieties

The are 23 authorised grapes, here are the most common grape varieties found in the region

White grapes

Jacquere 50% of all vineyard planting 

Altesse also known as Roussette, thought to be local to Savoie

Chasselas ancient grape native to the lake Geneva area in Switzerland. Planted mostly in the North and

used in the crus of Crepy, Marignan, Marin and Ripaille

Roussanne planted in Chignin and bottled as Chignin-Bergeron. Bergeron is the local synonym for Rousanne

Molette native to Savoie, traditionally incorporated into sparkling wines

Gringet local name for Sauvignon Blanc and is planted in the Cru village L'Ayze


Red grapes

Gamay 15% of all vineyard planting 

Mondeuse Noire

Persan native to Savoie 

Pinot Noir



There are 3 growing areas in Savoie, all the vineyards cluster around them

Lac Leman (Lake Geneva) in the North

Lake Bourget located mid-region

Town of Chambery located in the South

The appellations of Savoie do not match up to the growing areas exactly

Vin de Savoie AOC

This regional appellation includes all of the vineyards in Savoie
Allowed to use any of the 23 authorised grape varieties
Can be a single varietal wine of a blended product
If the wine is a single varietal it must be 100%
Ther red,white and sparkling wines coming from a recognised village "cru" designation can append their village name to the label 

White Vin de Savoie + village name AOC
The 14 villages referred to as "crus"
Must contain atleast 80% Jacquere EXPECT 2 of the villages

Bergeron 100% Roussanne
L'Ayze minimum of 50% Gringet)

Red Vin de Savoie + village name AOC
5 villages "crus"
In 2 of the villages the red wine must be 100% Mondeuse Noire


St Jean de la Porte

In the 3 other villages the wine is usually a blend of the follwing grapes

Pinot Noir, Mondeuse Noire and Gamay 


Sparkling Vin de Savoie + village name AOC
Produced using the Method Traditonelle 
The grape used are a blend of Gringet and Roussette(Altesse)
Only one village Cru 

Rose Vin de Savoie AOC
No villages will appear on the label 
Usually a blend of the following grapes
Mondeuse Noire
Pinot Noir

Roussette de Savoie AOC 
* Roussette is a locally known as Altesse  
Grapes are grown within the Vin de Savoie production zone 
There are 4 villages that can append their village name on the label

Seyssel AOC 
Is a zone of production close to Lake Bourget 

The still wines produced here are
Seyssell AOC - 100% Altesse (Roussette)
Seyssell AOC Molette  - 100% Molette

Sparkling wine

Seyssel AOC 
Produced in the traditional method 
Minimum of 10% Altesse (Rousette)
The rest of the blend is usually Molette and Chasselas 


Vin de Savoie from the village Abymes

Vin de Savoie from the village Chignin

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