Beaujolais Nouveau is on the way!

Every year at midnight on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is put on sale and celebrated around the globe.  This year the celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau will be on the 21st of November. Since its inception, the wine’s popularity has grown, originally promoted around the world under the slogan, ‘Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!’ (the New Beaujolais has arrived!’)

What is Beaujolais?

Beaujolais is actually an area in the Rhône department to the north of the Rhône-Alpes region in eastern France. The region has ideal wine growing conditions as it enjoys an abundance of sunshine and has granite-based soils that lend excellent structure to the wines. It is made up of 12 appelations (specific areas where the wine is made): Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Côte-de-Brouilly, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnié, Saint-Amour, Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais. Each of these appellations has its own character. Beaujolais boasts a total wine growing area of over 54,000 acres.

What is Beaujolais Nouveau?

Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine made from Gamay grapes. It is very special since it is one of the few French wines to be sold in the same year of its harvest. Since the 1950s, wine growers have been allowed to sell this young wine (“vin primeur”) at an earlier date, only 6-8 weeks after harvest! Beaujolais Nouveau is subject to a winemaking method unique to the Beaujolais region, where only manual harvesting is allowed.

“Beaujolais Nouveau” is best consumed fairly quickly after fermentation, usually within a year. Its particular winemaking process results in a characteristically fruity wine, sometimes carrying flavours such as peach, red berries or raspberries. In little more than fifty years, Beaujolais Nouveau production has increased 16 fold. Of the 32 million bottles produced this year, more than 16 million of bottles are destined for French consumption, while the rest is to be exported to 110 countries. Japan is the top consumer country with nearly eight million bottles sold per year, ahead of the United States (2.4 million bottles) and Germany (1.3 million bottles). It seems there is a global craze for the Beaujolais Nouveau.

Properties we recommend in the region

Beautiful character townhouse with charming features

This charming townhouse set in over half an acre of land has excellent B&B potential and offers ample living space. With 6 bedrooms, a games room and a large, terraced garden with several sitting area. Ideally located in the popular village of Chateauneuf, close to the Beaujolais wine region.

Reference number: 46527

Price: €380,000


12th century stone property including guest house and tower

This 12th century character stone house including former priory and chapel is set almost three quarters of an acre of land. The property also includes a guest house and a tower. Featuring stunning features including a huge stone fireplace, arched doorways, beamed ceilings and a cathedral-style ceiling. The property has been host to a number of concerts; consequently, modern acoustic panels, a stage and stage lighting have been installed to enhance the experience. The tower currently serves as a wine tasting room; perfect for drinking your Beaujolais Nouveau! Located in a quiet rural setting on the edge of a village with easy access to Cluny, Tournus and Macon.

Reference number: 45502

Price: €875,000


Loft apartment in a former industrial building with a jacuzzi and garage

This LOFT in situated in a former industrial building and comes with a JACUZZI. The loft offers 240sqm of living space and comprises an entrance, an open fully fitted kitchen, a living room with a dining area, a Jacuzzi, a TV space, a cellar, a patio with a summer living room, a master bedroom with a bathroom and a dressing room, a bedroom, and a study room. On the upper floor there are 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. There is also a garage. The apartment is situated in the Beaujolais wine region in Villefranche-sur-Saône, only 30 mins from Lyon.

Reference number: 51936

Price: €535,000

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