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...

  • 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 Pizay

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

  • Domaine Emile Cheysson

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

  • 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 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

  • Chenas Cru du Beaujolais Chateau de Chenas 2010


    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... under vine, of the 'cru' Beaujolais appellations.The name comes from the oak [ 'chene' in French ] forests which once covered these granite hills. Like all Beaujolais it is made from the gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans. My bott... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine de Conroy Cote de Brouilly 2011


    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... It is one of the 'cru' Beaujolais appellations.Like all Beaujolais it is made from the Gamay grape,a cross between pinot noir and a white grape called gouais introduced by the Romans.My bottle comes from the well established Chateau du Bluizard estate where there are some very old vines [av... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Domaine du Breuil Saint Amour 2011


    I bought this bottle of wine from the website ... Saint Amour Bellvue in the Beaujolais region about 8 miles south of the town of Macon.It is one of the 'cru' Beaujolais appellations.The name is derived from that of a Roman soldier who became one of the early Christian martyrs, Saint Amateur, and because of this name around 25% of sales take pl... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906

  • Oh, you can't leave us there, GdP.  You tasted "several dozen ... that.  My idea of what Beaujolais ought to be--fun, fruit up front, sneaky tannins at most.  I liked it a lot more than Beaujolais I have had.  Went great with roasted chicken.And just slipping this in:  We're back in the house.  Work still going on around us, but at least we on... Read More

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  • 2015 Bedrock Zinfandel Nouveau Esola Vyd Amador County Was able to source ... ... with a bitter note. Very Beaujolais-like which obviously is their intent. I can see why they are doing this as a by-the-glass wine as it would be a perfect aperitif but lacks the complexity to be paired with a meal.&nbs Read More

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  • Well said Dave,I'm definitely targeting lower price points and areas that ... under the radar producers. Beaujolais too.I am mixing in Oregon, though generally not enjoying it as much. So far Cameron and Amalie Robert are favorites. However, if I were to do a barrel project, Oregon would be the first place I'd look a Read More

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  • OK, this is the Beaujolais that I bought at Costco (for about $15) that Jon wanted to hear my report. Not very impressive.Pretty much all the things that are bad about California Pinot Noir are bad about this wine.  Nose of strawberry.  Heavy hit of cherry syrup on the tip of the tongue.  As the wine passes through the mid- rear palate a lot of ... Read More

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  • Vaucher Pere & Fils Cru du Beaujolais Fleurie 2014


    Lots of light showing through red ruby color. Nose of red berriesmostly strawberries. More of a cherry flavor on the tongue. However, there is also very obvious effervescence here. I could not discern bubbles in the glass, but the mouth sensation is the same. Roughly the same body as a good rosé. Unfortunate bitterness as the wine passes t... Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • Louis Jadot Chateau des Jacques Moulin-a-Vent 2012


    Light bodied and fruity with lots of acidity. Nice. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher

  • Oh, man, OT, you beat me to it.  I saw this on my phone where I can't ... ... it like it's Noveau Beaujolais? (Okay, small exaggeration.)I know someone whose spouse is pretty high up at TWG.  My acquaintance told me they went to the holiday party and one of the other executives said he worked there so he didn't have to drink their wine.  (In ... Read More

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