Chapter 3
Beaujolais

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The Beaujolais region is blessed with ideal growing conditions: lots of sunshine and a constellation of diverse soils.
Each of the 12 appellations that spread over 37,000 acres of hilly vineyards shows off a different character. They however share a common king in the Gamay Noir grape, whose natural qualities have been brought out over centuries by passionate Beaujolais vintners.

Geography & Climate

The vineyards of Beaujolais stretch from north to south across 55km (34 miles) of hillsides, bordered to the west by the foothills of the Massif Central and to the east by the Saone river plain.

Situated a stone’s throw from Lyon, less than 30 minutes by car, this region’s past as well as its future are closely bound to that of this gastronomic capital, giving it a particular stature. Sometimes called the vineyard of Lyon or Lyon’s ‘third river’, if only one word had to be chosen to resume the Beaujolais it would without any doubt be ‘diversity’.

Diversity of its landscapes…

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12 Appellations

  • BEAUJOLAIS
  • BEAUJOLAIS VILLAGES
  • BROUILLY
  • CHÉNAS
  • CHIROUBLES
  • CÔTE DE BROUILLY
  • FLEURIE
  • JULIÉNAS
  • MORGON
  • MOULIN-À-VENT
  • RÉGNIÉ
  • SAINT-AMOUR

Discover the 12 appellations

Varieties

GAMAY NOIR

Implanted in the region since the beginning of the XVIIth century, this grape variety and these vineyards share a common history. Here Gamay found the ideal setting in which to develop its many facets of finesse and…

CHARDONNAY

Chardonnay is increasingly planted in Beaujolais, where it represents around 10% of the surface of vines, but reveals a beautiful expressivity. Thriving in poor soils of marl and limestone, the grape bunches are…

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THE REGION OF BEAUJOLAIS

The Beaujolais wine region spreads over 37,000 acres of vines on sloppy hills. These magnificent landscapes are home of 12 outstanding controlled appellations. From Beaujolais all the way down South to Saint-Amour and Juliénas at the extreme North, Gamay Noir is the king varietal here for both red and rosé wines, although Chardonnay is increasingly farmed to produce white Beaujolais and Beaujolais Villages.

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