Beaujolais Wine

Beaujolais

Beaujolais lies roughly in the southeast quarter of France, between Burgundy to the north and the Rhone to the south. It is very close to the city of Lyon, which during the late middle ages was home to many silk merchants. For a while Beaujolais itself was also a famous textile center. Its name comes from the house of Beaujeu, a noble family of the region first mentioned in the 900s.

Prior to becoming a textile center however, the Beaujolais region was a wine-producing area. Vineyards have been found that date to Roman times. From that point through most of the middle ages, gamay and pinot noir were planted throughout the Beaujolais and Burgundy areas. Gamay produced larger grapes and some people felt that it also produced a less concentrated wine. Therefore, in 1395 Phillip the Bold of Burgundy decreed that only pinot noir was to be planted in Burgundy and the gamay vines were to be pulled out. Because the Beaujolais region was not under his authority, the gamay was left alone there Read more »

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Varietals Produced in Beaujolais View all

  • Gamay

    History of the grape: Legend has it that it was brought over by the Romans in the first century BC to the town of Bea...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Beaujolais

  • Brouilly

      Brouilly is the largest of the crus of Beaujolais. Like the others, it is located on the h...

  • Saint-amour

    Local lore suggest that this region was named after a Roman soldier (St. Amateur) who converted t...

  • Beaujolais Nouveau

    Beaujolais Nouveau is a style of young, fresh wine produced in the Beaujolais region, adjacent ...

  • Beaujolais-villages

      Beaujolais-Villages comes from the higher-quality vineyards in the hilly, northern part of...

  • Beaujolais-villages Nouveau

Popular Wineries in Beaujolais View all

  • Domaine du Vissoux

    Martine and Pierre-Marie Chermette Domaine du Vissoux The art of making wine that reveals the gra...

  • Château De La Chaize

    In 1667 François de La Chaize d'Aix, Captain of the Lyon Regiment, and later Seneschal of Lyon, p...

  • Château de Pizay

    Since the Middle Ages the fine wines of the Château de Pizay have been appreciated by Beaujola...

  • Marcel Lapierre

    In 1973, Marcel Lapierre begins again the family business composed then by 7 hectares with the cu...

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

    The château of Lacarelle is the one of the oldest castel of Beaujolais. It groups together 138 he...

  • Domaine des Duc

    The vines here flourish on the steep, well-exposed slopes of Mont Brouilly. The terroir is uniqu...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Interesting review from Jancis Robinson on the Bera Barbaresco. Where I was ... The group was tired of the Beaujolais (plus the Bera was so much better than the immature Lannesan and the crappy Barolo) and raucously drunk at the same time. I knew if he kept serving them up they'd keep evaporating, so I told him to keep the rest for his own enj... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately? by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Al, he was talking about your posts in the Forum, not the reviews. If this ... ... it zero. Did the de rigeur Beaujolais nouveau thing at a friend's place at the beginning of this weekend. Five Beaujolais nouveau, one nearby wannabe region's 'Gamay Primeur', followed by a Lanessan '12, an execrable Barolo of the same vintage which shall remain... Read More

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  • I agree - that was my feeling as well when they turned their nose to Beaujolais wine! I have to say I am hoping to find good Roussanne and Marsanne too...I am going to give myself two dinners and two lunches at restaurants (it's 4 days!). But... I do have one restriction that will be significant: I do not eat meat!As to meeting locals, I am a li... Read More

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  • Yes, I know I've been bad in the past, but I will!I'm doing Airbnb and ... you don't need to drink Beaujolais... So I think it still gets a bad rep, which I was not expecting! This is a young couple too!Anyway: lots in my Lyon itinerary - inspired by DMCKER, I will buy produce at one of these markets (likely St Antoine, which is a few blocks f... Read More

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  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2015

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  • Unfortunately it seems your hosts are probably not all that in-the-know about ... ... Lots of good wine in Beaujolais, and also good chard and PN made by Beaujolais winemakers and their families in nearby areas (e.g. the Maconnais). Do be sure to spend what you're able on meals out, too. So much to glean from the efforts of Lyonnaise restaura... Read More

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  • I second the rec to hang around Lyon. It's an old Roman town that's ... town. It's also where Beaujolais was mostly consumed and you're really close so I'd definitely visit some places in Beaujolais. Lots of B&Bs around and wonderful country foo Read More

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  • I knew I could count on you guys! Thanks so much for such great ... want to get me some! Beaujolais and Maconnais sound great! I love whites and reds. I actually have a thing for Roussanne (Stolpman turned me on to it) and I was hoping to find some on this trip.Also, I did write to the Lyon tourist office! I would take a tour, if I found the ri... Read More

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  • Have you been to Burgundy before? Lyon deserves a day or more (far more) for ... ... south? Then there's Beaujolais, of course, as Duncan, again, mentions, which is furthest south.White wine, red wine, both (perhaps only relevant in choice of the Cote de Beaune over the Cote de Nuits, or vice versa)? Far too much to try to cover all or even h... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Going to Lyon and thinking... by 125836dmcker 125836 dmcker


  • Why not contact the Lyon tourist office?If you had booked your trip on Expedia ... ... closer to Lyon would be Beaujolais or closer still,the Coteaux de Lyona Read More

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  • I agree, Beaujolais, has much to offer, wether it be the Noveau wines, or Morgon, Julienas, chenas, et al The Gamay grape is BEST expressed in Beaujolais. You have ther remarkably subtleness of Cote de Brouilly, and the shear bubblegumminess (Yes it is a word, I just made it up) of Beaujolais Nouveau...Favorite expressions of mine - Brouilly, Mo...

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