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  City of Arbois  
Panoramic view of Arbois

Arbois - Entirely surrounded by vineyards, the wine capital of the Jura, Arbois, is a small town which dates back to more than seven centuries. Its church towers, chateaux and old houses form an harmonious ensemble of brown roofs and ochre walls.

Arbois center

Arbois - Place de la Liberte, 18th Century houses with their arcades and wrought-iron balconies line the main square. A 19th Century fountain with lions figures ornates the center.

Photo Saint Just Church

Arbois - Saint Just Church, the 12th-13th Century church stands on a spacious square along the Cuisance river and is noted for its bell tower overlooking the town from its 60 m (197 feet) height. It houses the biggest bell in the Jura.

Image of old city

Arbois - The old city walls, From the Pont des Capucins bridge over the Cuisance river, the view extends to the hills, the old houses and the remains of the fortifications with its two old towers: Tour Gloriette (16th Century) and Tour Chaffin.

Photo of Chateau Pecauld in Arbois

Arbois - Chateau Pecauld, this medieval castle, part of the remains of the city walls, houses the Jura Wine Institute, a training and promotion center and a wine museum. An outdoor display illustrates the various activities of the winegrower. Inside, the castle offers exhibits on the history of local viticultural activity, and a visit of the cellars.

Image of Pasteur's Family Home Museum

Arbois - Pasteur's Family Home Museum, the house was his father's tannery and was Pasteur's research laboratory from 1874 on. Home and furnishings are kept as they were at the time of the scientist's death in 1895 (bedroom, laboratory with equipment, study and library).

Image of Cuisance river

Arbois - River bank, the Cuisance river snakes through Arbois before joining the Loue river. The water provided power for many establishments, including the tannery owned by Louis Pasteur's father. Today, the overhanging houses and stone bridges are a pretty sight along the river banks.

Statue of Louis Pasteur

Arbois - Statue of Pasteur, Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), the famous bacteriologist, grew up in Arbois. Memories of him can be discovered through the town: his house, the school he attended, a bronze statue.

Grape harvesting image

Arbois - Grape harvesting in Pupillin (3 km from town) is one of the most famous local vineyards.

Panoramic photo of Arbois vineyards

Arbois vineyards - Jura wine road stretches from Salins-les-Bains to Saint Amour, along the foothills of the sunny vineyard-covered slopes of the Jura Massif and connects 80 km (50 miles) of burgs and wine-growing villages.

View of the waterfall in Palnche blind valley

Arbois surroundings - Reculee et Grottes des Planches (blind valley and caves of Planches), 5 km from Arbois, a blind valley closed by rocky amphitheaters, was created by the erosive action of water and is peppered with caves and waterfalls. In the same area, Moidons and Baume-les-Messieurs caves are open to the public.

Image of drying grapes by suspension

Specialty - Arbois produces some excellent wines, such as the exceptionally heady and expensive Vin Jaune (yellow wine) and Vin de Paille (straw wine), made from overripe grapes traditionally dried on straw bed, then, they are either left on racks or suspended in a ventilated place, for 2 months or more, where they reach 80% dehydration.


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