THE BEAUJOLAIS REGION

The Beaujolais region covers more than 50 kilometers, along the Saône river between Lyon to the south and the Maconnais region to the north. The wine-growing region begins in Saint-Amour, the northernmost of the Beaujolais vineyards, and ends south of Villefranche-sur-Saône. The Beaujolais region, at an average of 300 meters above sea level, covers about 160,000 hectares, 22,500 hectares are devoted to grape vines.

Our Beaujolais Villages and Beaujolais come from family-run vineyards in the southern part of this region, The Domaine des Trois Valets, dating back to 1750, dedicated to producing an authentic, aromatic Beaujolais Villages, and The Domaine Terre des Sablons, run by a young winemaker who produces pleasant Beaujolais wines representative of their terroir, with aromatic fruity aromas and flavors--The perfect wine to enjoy with friends.

Our Beaujolais Crus wines are from the Northern part of the region. These are well-structured wines that age well from 2-7 years. Our Juliénas is from the Château de Juliénas, a family-run estate. The vines on this estate benefit from a sunny south/southeast exposure. Grapes are harvested by hand and wine is matured from 7-8 months and bottled at the estate.

Our Morgon is from the Domaine du Crêt de Ruyere in Villié Morgon. In the same family for four generations, the wine is made from vines an average of 70 years old. This domain discontinued use of chemical weed killers 19 years ago and is in transition towards organic certification.

VISITING THE REGION
MARCH 2006: Les Rendez-vous Beaujolais