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Twil's regional suggestions for Beaujolais et Lyonnais
Located to the south of Burgundy, Beaujolais' 2,575 vineyards enjoy a temperate semi-continental climate and favourable soils. In addition to the major appellations, the region boasts 11 delightfully different wines with characterful and unique flavours. A defining characteristic is that a single grape variety, Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, is used for the red wines. For white wines the winegrowers use Chardonnay grapes. Beaujolais' popularity exploded in 1951 with the famous Beaujolais Nouveaux, which today comprises more than half of all the Beaujolais consumed worldwide. Every year, experts and amateurs alike look forward impatiently to discovering the latest vintage on the third Thursday in November. A drive along the wine route of Beaujolais in the middle of autumn is guaranteed to make you smile.
Listed 490 winemakers
1.2 million hectolitres of red wine (99%).
Soil and subsoil
Unusual geological characteristics: clay-limestone and sandstone soil in the south, light crystalline, granite and acidic soil in the north
Reds and rosés : 1 grape variety for all appellations: Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc. Chardonnay used for all white wines.
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