The Ganevat family have their roots in Jura. Until 1976 they raised cows as well as growing vines, but since then all the attention has been on the vineyard and cellar. Jean-François, who has built the fame of the domaine, began working alongside his father and then went to wine school, followed by a spell working with Domaine Marc Morey in Burgundy.
After a nine year absence, he returned to the family estate in 1998, and has run it since. He's built the vineyard holdings up to 13 hectares and farming is biodynamic. The largest plot is Les Chalasses (4 ha), followed by Les Grands Teppes (2 ha) and Grusse en Billat (1.8 ha). But as well as drawing on the domaine vineyards, he also makes a range of negociant bottlings that are Vin de France, and which commonly blend together wines from different regions.
The winemaking is pretty natural, and no sulphur dioxide has been used during vinification since 2006, with just small additions to Florine and Les Billats at bottling. The whites spend a long time on lees and are aged for extended periods in barrel and amphora. Typically, more than 30 cuvées are released each vintage.