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The Beaujolais area includes two departments: Saône-et-Loire and Rhône. This hilly countryside covers 1750 km2. This region is under the influence of the oceanic climate in general but Mediterranean in summer and continental in winter. The soil is argillo-calcareous and granitic. The vine area is 56834 acres.

Beaujolais' grape varieties

The king grape variety of Beaujolais is Gamay, which gives wines that are low in tannin but have a nice acidity and red fruit aromas.

Beaujolais appellations

PDO Beaujolais and  Beaujolais superieur, which produce two types of wine : classic red wines and young red or « nouveau » wines. We celebrate the arrival of the « beaujolais nouveau » every third Thursday of November in France and nowadays in more than 200 countries (Europe, the USA, Russia, China, Australia, Japan and others).

Beaujolais villages (PDO since 1937) represents 25% of the Beaujolais production ; there are 10 crus (all of them are red wines !). The crus can age for longer, in fact they can be stored between 2 – 5 years,  and some even longer (such as Chénas or Morgon).