The Beaujolais Region
The region - BEAUJOLAIS - the home of Gamay grapes
The Beaujolais wine region lies on the 49th parallel between the Burgundy and Rhone wine regions, comprising 96 communes, 11 in the Saone-et-Loire and 85 in the Rhone departments.
The Saône river forms the eastern border while to the west the mountains of the Central Massif make for a semi-continental climate. The vineyards are situated at an average altitude of 300 metres and comprise 22,600 hectares in 61,000 parcels making 3600 vineyards of round an average size of 7 hectares.
Beaujolais is one of the older French vineyards, the first vines being planted in Roman times. Today it consists of 12 appellations that are split into 3 groups i.e. Le Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages and Les Crus, which consists of 10 separate appellations.
The region has widely differing terroir with a range of soil conditions from sand and clay to limestone and granite, different aspects and elevations, and varying climate conditions. This difference, coupled with the fact that 90% of the production is from the Gamay grape grown under prescribed cultivation methods, gives rise to an exciting range of wines with unique characteristics of the terroir.
While the focus is on red wine from the Gamay grape, the region does produce its world famous premier, Beaujolais Nouveaux, rose, and, from Chardonnay, Beaujolais Blanc and sparkling Blanc de Blancs.
BEAJOLAIS – home of Beaujolais Nouveaux and a whole lot more!
BEAUJOLAIS - part of the Burgundy wine region? Not really as this the home of the grape banned from Burgundy, the fruity Gamay. Part of the Rhone wine region? Never! Beaujolais would never make a wine from 15 different grapes! No, this a wine region of different terroir, climate and wine styles.
So come and discover what makes Beaujolais different
What makes this a great area for wine and food lovers?
The Beaujolais wine region has many restaurants and inns offering local delicacies that will make your mouth water! The variety and quality of the region's produce is amazing and exciting: goats cheeses, farmhouse charcuterie and many different sausages. Beside this you have the traditional Lyonnais cuisine. Add Charolais beef, pork and game and you have a meat lovers' paradise and a wonderful match for the meaty Gamay wines.
The gastronomic excellence of the region is unquestionable, and, regardless of where you dine, you will taste wonderful dishes and drink local Beaujolais wines.
For more temptations see Beaujolais FOOD & CUISINE
So many expressions of just one grape - GAMAY!
Come and discover just what makes Beaujolais a unique wine region of France. Live your emotions to the full!