Beaujolais Wine


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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  • 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 des Duc

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

  • 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...

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • Château de Pizay

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

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  • Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau 2015


    Judging by the depth of colour, the inviting banana, pear and cherry nose, and the chunky mouthfeel of this wine (and there is a little tannin, notwithstanding the brief contact with skins in this kind of wine), 2015 looks like a good year for the Crus. The finish is quite long and elegant for a "new" wine - although Mommessin is always a bit m... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • Chateau de la Chaize Brouilly 2012


    very smooth and plush with no bite. its demeanor was pleasant and inviting. like a cool fall day. Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor

  • I really do need to grab more Beaujolais. Perfect time of year for it coming up. Read More

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  • Rimmerman's bombast has been known to turn off more than a few readers, but ... because the backstory about Beaujolais is something I've thought for decades. Beaujolais truly is, i believe, the flipside of Burgundy, so without it one's perspective on Burgundy remains limited. So many younger Burgundian winemakers who are active down in the Wild... Read More

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  • An interesting-looking event in NYC. Wasn't aware Bonné had migrated ... on the Jura, Champagne, and Beaujolais.In order to facilitate a more in-depth and interactive tasting, we request that you RSVP to for one the following time slots: 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, and 6:30pm. This is a rare opportunity to taste and talk with o... Read More

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  • The last three wines I have had have all been Cru Beaujolais,a Regnie, a Julienas and a Moulin a Vent. My descriptions have all been pretty similar,plenty of blackcurrant and cherry style fruit,soft tannins and a pepper and spice taste,particularly on the finish. The Moulin a Vent was really peppery and spicy. However,back in May I was served a ... Read More

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  • Julienas Cellier de la Vielle Eglise 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine for £5.50 from the website ... Julienas in the north of the Beaujolais region about 8 miles south of the town of Macon.It is one of the 'cru Beaujolais' appellations.Julienas is named after Julius Ceasar and viticulture goes back at least 2000 years. Like all Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape,a cross betwee... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages 2011


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    Wine review by sammy2co

  • Regnie Par la Cave des Grand Vins de Fleurie 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... in the north of the Beaujolais region about 15 miles south of the town of Macon. It is the youngest of the 'Cru Beaujolais' appellations within that region being created in 1988 and like all Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape.Gamay is a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called g... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • 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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