Updated: Nov 18, 2020
Every year in France, the third Thursday of November is marked as Beaujolais Nouveau Day. But what exactly is Beaujolais Nouveau wine, and why is there a celebration to mark its release? We break down this special event in the wine world as well as share what City Cellars has in stock so you can celebrate too.
The Beaujolais Region
Beaujolais is a wine region in France near the city of Lyon—the region is around 34 miles long from north to south and 7 to 9 miles wide, but despite that small size is home to nearly 4,000 vineyards!. 98% of wine production in the region is based on the Gamay grape, which produces light bodied, low tannin, medium-to-low alcohol, fruity wines. Wines from Beaujolais vary in quality and price, from the twelve A.O.C. (Appellation of Controlled Origin) “Cru” areas which produce premium, ageable wines to “village wine” which is often the casual bistro wine of choice in France. This light wine is great for pairing with all kinds of food, which is a perfect match for the foodie haven of Lyon and the surrounding area.