Under the present VDQS regulations, Bugey may carry the following designations:
White Bugey, with the exception of white Bugey-Manicle, must contain at least 50% Chardonnay, and may furthermore contain Aligoté, Altesse, Jacquère, Pinot Gris and Mondeuse Blanche as accessory grapes. Bugey-Manicle must be 100% Chardonnay.
Roussette de Bugey, which only exists as a white wine, must contain at least 50% Altesse, which is locally known under the name Roussette. Chardonnay is allowed as an accessory grape until the 2008 vintage, but from the 2009 vintage all Roussette de Bugey must be 100% Altesse. Roussette de Bugey with a mention of geographical origin is already required to be made from only Altesse grapes.
Red Bugey can contain Gamay, Pinot Noir or Mondeuse Noire, with the exception of red Bugey-Manicle that can only contain Pinot Noir, and red Bugey-Montagnieu that can contain Mondeuse Noir.
White sparkling Bugey, with the exception of Bugey-Montagnieu, must contain a minimum of 70% of Chardonnay, Jacquère and Molette. The following grapes are allowed as accessory grapes: Aligoté, Altesse, Mondeuse Blanche, Pinot Gris, Gamay, Pinot Noir, Mondeuse Noir and Poulsard. White sparkling Bugey-Montagnieu, which must contain a minimum of 70% of Altesse, Chardonnay and Mondeuse Noir, with Jacquère, Pinot Noir, Gamay and Molette as accessory grapes.
Rosé sparkling Bugey follows the same rules as still Bugey rosé, with the exception of rosé sparkling Bugey-Cerdon, which must be made either from 100% Gamay or a blend of Gamay and Poulsard.
The wines of Bugey have been classified as VDQS wines since 1963, initially under the name Vin du Bugey. Before the 2004 change to the present VDQS names, all of the following names in combination with additional designations were possible for Bugey wines:
Bugey has wished to achieve full Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) status for some time. As of April 2008, INAO published draft AOC regulations for Bugey and Roussette du Bugey as part of the scrutiny process. It can therefore be expected that AOC status is imminent.