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 Juliénas

    In the 13th century, on the site of today's castle stood a fortified house belonging to the lord ...

  • Marcel Lapierre

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

  • Domaine Jean-Marc Burgaud

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

  • Château De La Chaize

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

  • 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...

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  • Beaujolais Jadot 2007


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    Wine review by rreichert

  • Duboeuf Regnie 2003


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


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  • Georges Dubuf Régnié 2007


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    Wine review by nycsrd

  • Château de la Chaize Brouilly 2004


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    Wine review by Andrew Agrodolce

  • Jacky Piret Brouilly 2004


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  • Louis Jadot Morgon 2004


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    Wine review by drsint

  • 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

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  • 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

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