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

  • Domaine du Vissoux

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

  • 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...

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • Domaine des Duc

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

  • Château De La Chaize

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

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007


    This is becoming one of my favorite wines. It has a very fresh pleasing taste that makes you want to swirl it around your tongue to treat all your taste-buds. I try new wines all the time but I keep coming back to this one. Read More

    Wine review by powa2004

  • It seems Boisset just won an award for inovative packaging for their PET bottle for Beaujolais Nouveau...I tried their B.N. in late January. I have to say it was the first time in my 53 years I have spat out a sip in disgust. It was thin, sour and tarry. I contacted them and they swore that it wasn't their new bottle. They said they imediately ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Boisset Family Estates'...

  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007


    Georges Duboeuf Moulin-A-Vent Domaine des Rosiers 2007 is THE best Beaujolais I've ever tried. I tried many Moulin-a-vent from different vintages as well as other cru beaujolais such as Morgon, Fleurie and Brouilly, but hands on this is the best. Gamay doesn't get much better than this I don't think. Read More

    Wine review by wineluv

  • Beaujolais Beaujolais Nouveau l'Ancien Terres Dorees Gamay 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by azygos

  • Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Flower Label 2003


    Six years out from "the vintage of the sun" this remains a tasty and distinctly un-Beaujolais Beaujolais. Oddly dry and complex, if you can find some, give it another try. Read More

    Wine review by SetarconeX

  • Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly 2006


    We went there in late 08'. the people and wines are great!! MDY. Read More

    Wine review by MDY

  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007


    Beautifully balanced between sweet strawberry and a slight vanilla spice that ... the mouth. Excellent value Beaujolai Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Beaujolais l'Ancienne Vielles Vignes Jean-Paul Brun 2005


    Amazing wine. Fruity; strawberries, blueberries, and then...zing! dry finish. ... the average banana flavored Beaujolais that's so abundant. The newer bottles don't have the word "Beaujolais" on them anymore cause the appellation noink'd the title due to some kind of scandal. Too good perhap Read More

    Wine review by lazzarello

  • Mommessin Morgon 2008


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    Wine review by taeheec

  • Diochon Moulin a Vent Beaujolais France 2006


    I pared this up with shrimp and asparagus. The shrimp had a mild garlic sauce while the asparagus was drizzled with EVO, sesame seeds and pepper. The wine balanced well and neither over powered one another. Plum, cranberries and cherries were most obvious on the nose and I did pick up subtle hints of oak. The wine is slightly dry with a fruity p... Read More

    Wine review by Green Pea

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