The Vineyards of Bugey

In Bugey you will find a wine to suit every occasion.

Wine has been cultivated in Bugey since Roman times.  Today there are 68 villages split into 3 separate terroirs, Belley, Cerdon and Montagnieu with a combined total of 500 hectares of vineyards that are allowed to make the various AOC de Bugey wines.  Each year there is an average of 30,000 hectolitres of red, white and rosé wines produced as well as sparkling varieties.  Pinot Noir, Gamay and Mondeuse grapes are used to make the reds, with Bugey Montagnieu being produced exclusively from Mondeuse.  Rosés must be at least 50% Gamay and Pinot Noir, with Mondeuse, Pinot Gris and Poulsard allowed for the remainder.  Chardonnay is the principle grape for white wine and must make up 50% of the ‘assemblage' with Aligoté, Altesse, Jacquère, Pinot Gris and Mondeuse Blanche permitted for other 50%.  This is except for Rousette de Bugey which is 50% Chardonnay, 50% Altesse and Roussette du Bugey Montagnieu and Virieu-le-Grand which are 100% Aitesse.  There are several varieties of sparkling wine which include Bugey Mousseaux in both rosé and white Mousseau Cerdon which is exclusively rosé and  Mousseau Montagnieu which is white only.  Mousseau Cerdon is produced using ‘méthod ancestrale' and the whites by ‘méthode  champenoise'.

The Bugey Vineyards