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The wine-growing region in the south-east of France lies between the Rhône region (west), as well as Lake Geneva on the border with Switzerland and the Italian region of Piedmont (east). The only exception to the western border is the small area of Bugey. North of it lies the Jura region, with which Savoy is often considered to be a common wine-growing area. The Romans already knew the area and Pliny the Elder (23-79) described the resinous character of the wines. The French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) lived near Chambéry from 1736 to 1742, and he was an enthusiastic advocate of Savoy wine. From the beginning of the 15th to the middle of the 19th century it was a kingdom in its own right, which also included large parts of northern Italy such as Piedmont and Aosta Valley, before it finally fell to France in 1860.

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