Domaine de la Pinte

Country of Origin: France
Location: Jura
People: Pierre Martin, Owner | Samuel Berger, Winemaker
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic


Domaine de la Pinte is an influential figure in the Jura region. It pioneered organic and biodynamic viticulture in the region, converting to organics in 1999 and then fully Demeter certified biodynamic in 2009. In 2012, it helped establish the organic Jura vigneron association known as Le Nez Dans le Vert. The organization’s natural wine salon is held at Domaine de la Pinte every other year—popularity reaching to 2,000 visitors a day. Most importantly, many of Jura’s new generation attribute their start to working at La Pinte.

Roger Martin founded the La Pinte in 1955 and immediately planted 14 hectares of Savagnin on blue marl soils (referred to locally as Lias soils) with the conviction to produce only Vin Jaune. The domaine became well known for having the most vines planted to Savagnin and is rumored to still have the most in the region. While Domaine de la Pinte has a rich Vin Jaune history, with older vintages dating back to the 60s and 70s still available for purchase, today it produces a variety of wines under the stewardship of Roger’s son Pierre Martin and Winemaker Samuel Berger.

The domaine owns 34 hectares in the Arbois and Arbois-Pupillin appellations. Grapes include Savagnin, Poulsard, Trousseau, Chardonnay, Melon-Queue-Rouge and Pinot Noir. Cellar work is minimal. Gravity is used to gently transfer the wines. Vinification occurs spontaneously with indigenous yeast. Large concrete tanks are the preferred fermentation vessel. The use of sulfites is limited and not systematic—a little might be applied before fermentation starts, or sometimes during aging. The wines are aged on fine lees in a variety of barrels of various sizes and racked according to the lunar calendar.

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