Saint-Amour is found in the far north of the vine-growing region, where the soil features intermingling granite and clay, schist and limestone. It comprises 115 growers that produce an average of 1.6 million bottles a year.
Saint-Amour wines taste best within 12 to 15 months of the harvest. Two types of wine are made in the appellation. Light, fruity wines are very typical and produced by quick maceration. Bolder wines with aromas of kirsch, spice and mignonette are also made in Saint-Amour and are at their best after four to five years of ageing.