The vineyards of Savoie
The Savoie vineyards lie at the foot of the Alps and sprawl over four departments: Ain, Isère, Savoie and Haute-Savoie. Savoie has three key regional appellations (Savoie, Roussette of Savoie, Seyssel) and twenty geographic denominations (Ayse, Crépy, Marignan, Ripaille, Marin, Frangy, Seyssel, Chautagne, Marestel, Jongieux, Monthoux, Monterminod, Saint Jeoire du Prieure, Apremont, Les Abymes, Chignin, Chignin Bergeron, Montmelian, Arbin, Cruet and Saint John de la Porte). The most recent Savoie AOC is the Crémant. Les Deux Savoie have been producing sparkling wines for a long time but these wines have only been officially recognised as Crémant since 2014. The vines grow mainly on the slopes of Lake Geneva, between the Rhône and Lake Bourget and between Chambéry and Isère. On its Savoyard side, the vineyard covers a large expanse of 1800 hectares and 48 villages dotted with campsites of every size, from those with swimming pools and sports facilties to the smaller, more idyllic campsites.