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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Varietals Produced in Beaujolais View all

  • 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 Emile Cheysson

    The vines for the most widespread of the Beaujolais Crus form a skirt around the foot of Mont Bro...

  • Château de Juliénas

    In the 13th century, on the site of today's castle stood a fortified house belonging to the lord ...

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • 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...

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Ulysse-Jaboulet Fleurie Beaujolais Red 2011


    Part of the Lot 18 Seasonal pack. Perhaps I just don't have the palate for this, but transparent in color, jelly rather than jam flavors, with unpleasant vinegar sides.For whatever this was a bottle, I wish I had gotten something else. Read More

    Wine review by puhnner

  • @ DMCKER:Okay. IMHO, the best red swiss wines are made from either Pinot Noir ... Moulin-ä-Vent in the Beaujolais region) are tendentionally better than swiss Gamays.Amigne is a authochton white wine grape variety,  only cultivated in the canton de Valais. It has an own , strong, special taste: some like it hot, others don't like it. The best ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Swiss wine- I know nothing!

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais 2012


    Its hot in southern california today... way tooo hot... nothing better than this snazzy chilly red to bring the day to an end. Smooth, low acidity and a finish of that oh so familiar gamay. Loved it as per usual. Read More

    Wine review by jescobio

  • You have several choices. I think Pithon-Paillé is kind of a ... if you ... if you want to learn about Beaujolais.OTOH, I think Breton produces both Chinon and Bourgueil and a great way to learn about different regions is to remove all the variables except the region. So tasting wines from the same producer using the same grape but from differ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Bourgueil vs. Chinon: Paging...

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Red 2009


    Light, drinkable, a wine that I always remember and keep going back to (especially at such a great price). First had it with Thanksgiving dinner, then again the next week with veggie pizza. Possibilities are endless. It is very fresh, not too much acidity. One of my favorites. Read More

    Wine review by joiedevivre

  • Henry Fessy Beaujolais Nouveau 2013


    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002

  • Jadot Louis Beaujolais Villages 2011


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    Wine review by snglmltrblnd84

  • Barton & Guestier Beaujolais 2010


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    Wine review by WinePet

  • But as Emark said, there are good and mediocre white Burgundies. Moreover, ... ... ... or even better, a white Beaujolais - that will most likely be Chardonnay too. And good luc Read More

    Forum post in the topic Total neophyte here :D

  • Jadot Louis Beaujolais Villages 2011


    It was the perfect accompaniment to spinach artichoke dip. Read More

    Wine review by missravenx

  • 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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