WHEN THE GRASSHOPPER…
Bel Air is located at the Southern part of the Jura Massif, at the foot of the Grand Colombier Mountain, which makes it ideally placed to get the perfect amount of sunshine. The soft micro-climate of this territory, where the grasshopper meets the chamois, offers a real potential which was exploited since the 2nd century by the Romans who planted the first grapevines.
During the 12th century, Carthusian monks ensured the vineyards’ prosperity of our terroir. They replicated the environment in which grow the greatest wines from Bourgogne. This heritage is reflected in vaulted cellars and parcels from this period.
…MEETS THE CHAMOIS
In 1845, the Ferier family’s forefathers (current owners) got the vineyard of Bel Air and operated it. in 1930, renovation works were undertaken, including the underground cellar (with a green roof) which was built in 1936.
In the 80’s, Michel Ferier and Antoine Riboud (founder of Danone group) developped with passion the activity of Bel Air, thanks to the former winemakers : Arthur and Gaby Gardoni who brought their expertise.
Bel Air’s wine was greately appreciated and found a special place at Elysée’s table. Numerous medals testify that our renowned chardonnay is one of the best French white wine matching the quality of the best white Burgundy wines.