Published in late July 2019, the new book from Wink Lorch focusses on the wines of Savoie, Bugey and other wine regions in the French Alps including Isère, Clairette de Die and Hautes-Alpes. The book discusses the producers, the culture, the terroir and of course the wines, plus there are local food and travel tips.
After years hidden away in the craggy mountains, wines from Savoie and Bugey are now offered in restaurants and wine stores worldwide. This book tells the story of the men and women who make these characterful wines, how they have tamed the steep hillsides to plant the vines and mastered their unusual grape varieties.
Until now, there has been a dearth of information on the wines from these mountain regions. Alongside 120 producer profiles, Wines of the French Alps summarizes the appellations, terroir, grapes, winegrowing and winemaking, and looks into the history that has made these wines worthy of a place on the finest tables.
Wink Lorch, award-winning author of Jura Wine, has driven across numerous Alpine passes and climbed countless steep vineyards to explore Savoie and its neighbouring wine regions – Bugey and Isère, and, further south, Hautes-Alpes and the Diois, home to the frivolous Clairette de Die. From her travels she shares tips on places to stay, eat and shop near the vineyards, and offers a taste of the most distinctive French Alpine cheeses as well as other local foods and drinks.
An essential handbook for wine lovers and wine professionals wishing to learn more about the wines and explore the vineyards of Savoie, Bugey and beyond.