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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

    I’m stated my job in 1989, after obtaining my diploma in oenology and wine-growing. My estate is...

  • Chateau de Lacarelle

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

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • Château de Juliénas

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

  • 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

  • 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

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


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Going to Lyon and thinking...


  • 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

    Forum post in the topic Going to Lyon and thinking...


  • Les Capitans' Julienas 2001

    Snoothrank:

    This bottle was part of a lot I bought on the website ... name in the north of the Beaujolais region some 8 miles south of the town of Macon.It is one of the 'cru' Beaujolais appellations.Julienas is named after Julius Ceasar and viticulture here goes back at least 2000 years.Like all Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape,a cross between p... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Essence de Fruit Brouilly 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local supermarket where it was on special ... most southerly of the cru Beaujolais appellations and is named after the extinct volcano of Mont Broilly on whose lower slopes the vines are planted. The smaller sister appellation of Cotes de Brouilly refers to the higher slopes.My bottle comes from the Cave du ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine Metrat et Fils Fleurie ' la Roilette' 2001

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    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... Macon.It is one of the Cru beaujolais and like all red Beaujolais is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans. Some beleive that Fleurie gets its name from a Roman soldier called Florus.My bottle is from the small family concer... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour 2015

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    This Cru Beaujolais is a fine wine; the nose is of a young woman's perfume - not the kind a richer person can afford, but mixed with her 18-year old purity of scent. On the palette comes a deep, vinous, juicy red-lip smack of flavour with the memoire of fresh grapes (Gamay, of course) lying in deep bunches. Delicious and there is the lasting vi... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages Combe Aux Jacques Beaujolais

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    No written review

    Wine review by eric4x4


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