Beaujolais (province)

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Beaujolais (French pronunciation:  [boʒɔlɛ] ; Arpitan : Biôjolês) is a historical province and wine-producing region in France. It is located north of Lyon, and covers parts of the departments of Rhône and Saône-et-Loire. The region is known internationally for its long tradition of winemaking, and more recently for the Beaujolais nouveau.

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Geography

Beaujolais' location in France Beaujolais localization.jpg
Beaujolais' location in France
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Beaujolais landscape

The historical capital of the province is Beaujeu (Arpitan : Bôjor / Biôjœr) and the economic capital of the area is Villefranche-sur-Saône (Velafranche).

Wine

Almost all the wine produced in the region is red wine from the Gamay grape, of which the heavily marketed Beaujolais Nouveau is the most well-known, and the village crus the most prized.

Notes and references

    Coordinates: 46°05′N04°40′E / 46.083°N 4.667°E / 46.083; 4.667

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