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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  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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...

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...

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

    Our estate covers a surface area of 8.40Ha (nearly 21 acres) of Fleurie and Chiroubles appellatio...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Domaine Piron & Lafont Chénas Quartz 2005


    No written review

    Wine review by LuRuSo

  • As I mentioned in my previous post, the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) ... (WSET) ... ValleyAlsace and BeaujolaisBurgundyLoire ValleyBordeaux 1Bordeaux 2GermanySouth of FranceNorthern ItalyCentral ItalySouthern ItalyAustralia 1Australia 2 and New ZealandSpain 1Spain 2 and PortugalCentral & Eastern EuropeNorth AmericaSouth AmericaSouth... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The WSET Diploma Mise-en-Scène by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger

  • Domaine Dupré Haute Ronze Régnié 2007


    It's Gamay; a Cru Gamay admittedly but a wine that is never going to slap you across the chops with forcefulness or complexity. What you have is a light(ish) red vibrantly young in colour with a splash of acidity and pleasant level of tannin. Read More

    Wine review by winescribbler

  • Labouré-Roi Beaujolais Nouveau 2008


    Last Nouveau I will probably try from 2008. I really enjoyed this one. Deep purple color. Medium bodied with hints of tropical fruit (banana) and red berry, possibly strawberry or raspberry. I chilled it for about 20 minutes prior to tasting and the real fruit flavors didn't come up until it warmed up. Finish was pleasant but very abrupt. Also l... Read More

    Wine review by 94930tabednar 94930 tabednar

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by slg1064

  • Those of us with wine websites get the zaniest e-mail requests. Usually the ... are worth a lot - yes even Beaujolais Nouveau and California Chablis.So, in the interest of humor, here's one of the early contenders for 2009 e-mail of the year about an empty bottle (it has been modified slightly to protect the innocent).I am the recipient of a ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic You must be kidding... by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger

  • Georges Duboeuf Morgon Flower Label 2004


    No written review

    Wine review by Drewusc23

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    Not sure what all the hype is about. With so many just as cheap, and far more palatable, red wines on the market, don't waste your time on something this simplistic. Read More

    Wine review by rosewino

  • Barton & Guestier NV


    Barton&Guestier Margaux 1997,we enjoyed it 3.1.09 with Enterecote.We were rather disappointed,tte odour was very pleasant with raspberry,but taste was thin and without pleasants flavours. Read More

    Wine review by jormaggio

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Moulin-a-Vent Cuvée Prestige 2006


    No written review

    Wine review by elchiconico

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