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...

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Chantal et Éric Coudert-Appert

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

  • Château de Pizay

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

  • 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 des Duc

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

  • Marcel Lapierre

    In 1973, Marcel Lapierre begins again the family business composed then by 7 hectares with the cu...

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Beaujolais on Snooth

  • Cave du Bois de la Salle Juliénas les Armoiries 2004


    Not overly sweet but pours very very light. Just enough hint of strawberry before a nice soft warm red fruit finish. Read More

    Wine review by colinrchorley

  • Pierre Chanau Morgon Maison Thorin 2000


    My dad picked up this wine when he was stationed in Europe in 2002 and it has ... ... This was unlike any Beaujolais I have ever tried. The bouquet of this wine had a potent earthy character that was reminiscent of truffles. On the palate the wine showed black cherry and currant flavors accented with a small hint of spice. A slight toasty... Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • Louis Latour Brouilly les Saburins 2007


    Tart cherry nose. Fairly thin, but pleasant - well balanced, good acidity, a bit of licorice on the finish. Maraschino cherries throughout, its not bad, just a bit plain - would pair well with food though. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007


    I served this wine just slightly chilled compared to your average red wine. In ... scents with the trademark beaujolais traces of banana and tropical fruit, although they are much less pronounced than a Beaujolais Nouveau. There may be a little strawberry in the nose as well. Once in the mouth this wine shows more tannic backbone than its Be... Read More

    Wine review by 40798ttutony 40798 ttutony

  • Saint-Amour Aoc 2005


    Very solid wine for the price. good with most things, or nothing at all. Read More

    Wine review by jaymesbawned

  • Mommessin Morgon 2008


    No written review

    Wine review by chris12381

  • Louis Latour Beaujolais Villages Lancie Rouge Vegetarian 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by BCoyle

  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2007


    No written review

    Wine review by Danny C

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    Heavy on the cherry. Perhaps a tad more acidic than I'd like. Nowhere near as bright and fruity as I remember last year's being.That said, I like this much more than other Nouveau I've had so far this year. If you're going Nouveau, this would be the one I'd grab. Read More

    Wine review by SetarconeX

  • Mommessin Morgon 2008


    There's really no such thing as bad Beaujolais, I've found. Even by Beaujolais standards, this wine is fruity like Hawaiian punch, completely uncomplicated, and festive. The sort of thing you might make party sangria out of.Cheap and fun. If you're looking for something beyond a soda-pop wine, look elsewhere. Read More

    Wine review by SetarconeX

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