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Beaujolais winery experiences

The  Beaujolais wine region is located in Eastern France, South of Burgundy and north of Lyon. It is known for its rich, vivid red wines made from Gamay grapes, and it is one of the few wine areas in the world to concentrate on a single grape variety.
The young, juicy Nouveau wines of Beaujolais propelled the region to fame in the nineteenth century. These wines are sold and consumed just weeks after harvest, with no barrel ageing, and are officially released on the third Thursday in November.

Although Beaujolais is most known for these light and fruity red wines, the region also produces Beaujolais Blanc from Chardonnay and Aligote and Gamay wines of excellent quality.

After it was decided that the wines from Beaujolais were sufficiently distinct in identity, an independent AOC was established in 1938. The region has a slightly warmer climate than its northern neighbour, Burgundy, but is not as warm as the Rhône to the south.

The proximity of Central France to the west and the Alps to the east tempers Beaujolais' climate, which is borderline continental. The northern portion of Beaujolais has undulating granite hills with patches of clay and limestone, but the southern part has richer clay and sandstone-based soils and a flatter topography.
In contrast to the lighter, younger-drinking, fruitier style of the south, the north's terroir is a prominent feature, creating fragrant, structured, and sophisticated wines. Villefranche sul Saȏne is the Beaujolais region's largest town, and it serves as an approximate border between the "simple" Beaujolais region to the south and the Crus & Villages of Beaujolais region to the north.

Beaujolais wines are classified into three categories: Beaujolais, Beaujolais Villages, and Beaujolais Crus. 

Beaujolais AOC wines are straightforward and delightful, mainly from the south. These wines are considered Festive by the French and are ideal for parties and hangouts, whereas Beaujolais Villages AOC wines are from more prestigious terroirs in the northern half of Beaujolais. These wines are known as expressive wines in France, and they are suited for slightly more elevated cuisines due to their added structure and depth.  

The ten Beaujolais 'crus' – 10 vineyard locations acknowledged as the best in the area — create the region's highest-quality wines. Each of these 10 Crus - Brouilly, Chenas, Chiroubles, Cote de Brouilly, Fleurie, Julienas, Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent, Regnie, and Saint-Amour)- have their unique appellation titles.

Use our itinerary planner to help plan, create, and book the ultimate wine tourism experience. You can choose to self-drive or pick a guided boutique wine tour with a local insider who's knowledge will enhance your regional experience. 

Tasting: Discovering Beaujolais wines
Domaine Frédéric Berne
Beaujolais Beaujolais France
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Located in Lantignié near Beaujeu and Gleizé, Domaine Frédéric Berne invites you to a commented tasting of 2 Beaujolais wines of your choice: Le Beaujolais rosé Le Beaujolais Lantignié Granit Rose Le Beaujolais Lantignié Pierre Bleue  Le Beaujolais Lantignié "Les Vergers" Le Morgon "Corcelette" Le Chiroubles "Les terrasses" Le Beaujolais Lantignié "Harmonie"
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French
Group
Visit & Degustation
Domaine Frédéric Berne
Beaujolais Beaujolais France
From 8
Located in Lantignié near Beaujeu and Gleizé, Domaine Frédéric Berne invites you to discovery of the Beaujolais estate and wines. Explanation and discovery of the vineyards, visit of the park, barrel room, cellars and tasting of our wines including: Le Beaujolais rosé Le Beaujolais Lantignié Granit Rose Le Beaujolais Lantignié Pierre Bleue  Le Beaujolais Lantignié "Les Vergers" Le Morgon "Corcelette" Le Chiroubles "Les terrasses" Le Beaujolais Lantignié "Harmonie" Duration: 1hour
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French
Group
Hike, visit and tasting
Domaine Frédéric Berne
Beaujolais Beaujolais France
From 15
Hike through vineyards to discover the terroirs and cultivation methods. Visit of the estate Discover production secrets Wine tasting  Le Beaujolais rosé Le Beaujolais Lantignié Granit Rose Le Beaujolais Lantignié Pierre Bleue  Le Beaujolais Lantignié "Les Vergers" Le Morgon "Corcelette" Le Chiroubles "Les terrasses" Le Beaujolais Lantignié "Harmonie" Duration: 2 hours
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French
Group
From harvest to glass
Vins Marquis de Montmelas
Beaujolais Village Beaujolais France
From 10
You will come across the Grand Cuvage, which was built in 1842. The vinification vats and an antique squirrel cage press are housed in this old building with a diamond-shaped frame. This is where we will share our winemaking expertise with you. At the conclusion of your visit, you will taste three of our wines, with a focus on the older vintages that are our pride and joy.
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1.5 hrs
English, French
Group
Wine tasting
Domaine Les Roches Bleues
Côte de Brouilly Beaujolais France
From 10
Immerse yourself in the cellar with us and learn about the evolution of wines from their youth to maturity.
1 hr
English, French
Group
Tasting and discovery of our 3 terroirs
Château de Poncié
Fleurie Beaujolais France
From 5
Presentation of the estate and winery, as well as tasting and learning about our three terroirs throughout numerous vintages: - Beaujolais Village blanc 2018 - Fleurie Le Pré Roi 2015-2016-2018 - Fleurie La Salomine 2017 - Fleurie Les Moriers 2016-2015
30 mins
English, French
Discovery Tour and tasting
Château de Poncié
Fleurie Beaujolais France
From 20
The remaining parts are included in the program: - A guided walking tour of the estate will be given. - Visit to the vineyard and terroir presentation - A description of vine cultivation in organic farming. - Tour of the winery - Tasting of the Château's three terroirs (6 wines) over multiple vintages.
2 hrs
English, French
Group
Exploration Tour and tasting
Château de Poncié
Fleurie Beaujolais France
From 49
The following items are included in the program: - An electric mountain bike tour of the domain - Tour of the vineyard, including all of its attractions and stunning views - Explanation of organic vine culture - Tour of the winery - Tasting of the Château's three terroirs (6 wines) throughout several vintages, accompanied by a snack
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2.5 hrs
English, French
Group
Tasting tour
Domaine des Pampres d'Or
Beaujolais Beaujolais France
From 10
Visit to the estate, cellar and a wine tasting : Introduction to the region and the domain - Tour of a vineyard plot and explanation of organic agriculture - Tour of the cellars (vinification and ageing of wines) - Tasting of 5 different vintages in the cellar
1 hr
French
Group
Discovering our wines and our cellar
Domaine Jean-Pierre Rivière
Beaujolais Beaujolais France
From 8
We will explain you about our history, profession, terroir, and passion work throughout your tour. We'll begin our tour in our cellar, then move on to our brand new vinification vat, which was completed during the harvest of 2018. We'll round up our exploration with a tasting of five wines from which to choose.
1 hr
English, French
Group
Mâchon Beaujolais style Domaine JP Riviere
Domaine Jean-Pierre Rivière
Beaujolais Beaujolais France
From 0
You will be able to taste five of our wines, which will be served with premium cold meats and farm cheeses, as well as country bread. Visit  the winemaking cellar, including explanations of our job as winegrowers, to learn more about our fascinating career. We'll answer any questions you have about the wine world.
1.5 hrs
English, French
Group