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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Varietals Produced in Beaujolais View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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

  • 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


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    Wine review by elchiconico

  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007


    'A light French red made from gamay grapes grown in southern Burgandy. Raspberry and plum scents lead through a light, succulent palate that finishes soft and refreshing. Served lightly chilled, it's great with cold cuts, pates and the like' (Ralph Kyte-Powell, Delicious, December 2008/January 2009). Read More

    Wine review by MGore

  • Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau 2008


    This is the first Beaujolais Nouveau I've tried this year and it was pretty good. I have never really been excited about this wine, but I always make a point of having 1 or 2 tastes each year. It was pretty in color, as always and the nose was wonderfully fruity. I think that is the best thing about Beaujolais Nouveau. The sensory experience is... Read More

    Wine review by honeydew

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


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    Wine review by xmlguy

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


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    Wine review by rboone67

  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages Blanc Grand Clos de Loyse 2005


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    Wine review by napalover

  • Beaujolais-Villages 'Combe Aux Jacques' L. Jadot 2006


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    Wine review by napalover

  • Fleurie Aoc 2008


    Strawberry and cherry on the nose. Its thin (but what did you expect!) and a bit bitter on the finish. The mouth is very fruity with cherries, bananas - a real fruit cocktail. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James

  • 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

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