For many people, the Beaujolais region is Beaujolais Nouveau, this festive and fruity wine that pairs well with charcuteries, terrines and others. Beyond these easy-to-drink and world-wide known wines, Beaujolais also offers serious and very high quality wines, which can compete with various appellations.
The Beaujolais region is a narrow 55-kilometer strip of land between Mâcon and the city Lyon, lying between Burgundy (Saône et Loire department) and Rhône- Septentrional.
The geological structure of the soil is relatively fragmented with the best vineyards located in the north of the appellation, on granit and schist soils. These wines have mineral elements that influence aromas and wine structure. The Gamay varietal is the king of the appellation and represents 97% of the total production with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir making up the rest of the offer. Official appellations are: AOC Beaujolais, AOC Beaujolais Supérieur, AOC Beaujolais-Villages and, finally, AOC Cru du Beaujolais, representing ten crus which give the best wines of the region.