The wine-growing region in the southeast France lies between the region Rhone (west), and Lake Geneva on the border with the Switzerland and the Italian region Piedmont (east). North of it lies the region law with which Savoy is often regarded as a common wine-growing area. Even the Romans knew the area and Pliny the Elder (23-79) described the resinous character of the wines. From 1736 to 1742, the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778), who exuberantly praised the wine of Savoy, lived near Chambéry. From the beginning of the 15th to the mid-19th century, it was a separate kingdom, which included large parts of northern Italy Piedmont and aosta Valley counted before it finally fell to France in 1860.
The vineyards near the Alps cover around 2,100 hectares, spread over the Savoie and Haute-Savoie departments, as well as parts of Ain and Isère. They are all on the banks of the Rhone and extend about 100 kilometers from Lake Geneva in the north to Chambery above Grenoble in the south. There is a continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and France's largest lake, Lac du Bourget, exert a mitigating influence. The predominant white wines are made Chardonnay. Chasselas. jacquère. Roussanne, Roussette ( Altesse ) and Roussette d'Ayze produced. The reds are mostly made Gamay. Mondeuse Noire and Pinot Noir vinified. Here, unlike many other regions of France, there are many unmixed Wines. The winegrowing areas: