January 18, 2018

Thanksgiving & Beaujolais Go Together!

Something wonderful took place last Thursday and to most of us it went by unnoticed.  This year’s Beaujolais Nouveau was released and is now available for purchase! Traditionally released on the 3rd Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine whose release is celebrated across France.  I think it is so nice of the French to release the most wonderful smelling wine ever (in my opinion) just in time for Thanksgiving, and it goes wonderfully with the popular meal of the day – Turkey!

Beaujolais Nouveau France Wine

Est arrivé by theogeo, on Flickr

But where do these grapes come from and why should you visit the Beaujolais region of France?

Lying north of Lyon in the Rhone-Alpes and Burgundy regions is the home of Beaujolais.  Often forgotten by tourists, this region is known for its green hills, flowery villages, interesting geology, architecture, wine and over 1500 km of walking trails.  Wandering Beaujolais you will find delicious and affordable wines and vineyards dotting the gorgeous countryside.

Here are some of the reasons you might want to add the Beaujolais to your next visit to France!

The Stone

The scenery of the region is quite varied.  In the north you will find dense dark forests of fir trees while the south starts to shine as soon as the sun rises!  They say this part of the Beaujolais has the feel of a Tuscan village and if it’s true, its largely because of the StoneEverything from houses, chateaux and churches are built in the golden colored stone of the region. The contrast of the gleaming stone against the green countryside is amazing.

Oingt Beaujolais Region France

Oingt by peg, on Flickr

The Wine

The Beaujolais region is covered by vines along its 34 mile length. Between the red wines from the Gamay grapes to the white Chardonnay, there is something for every taste.   Beaujolais Nouveau can be found in the southern part while the other 10 crus are more in the northern portion.  A great way to experience the region, including tasting the wine, is to follow the Beaujolais Wine Route.   In fact, there are 7 GPS audio-guided tours to help you discover the Beaujolais region, its villages and wines!

Chateau de Bagnols Beaujolais France

Chateau de Bagnols by Corona Mejora Tu Vida, on Flickr

The Hameau Duboeuf

Speaking of wine, there is an actual theme park dedicated to wine and vine especially of this region!  The Hameau Duboeuf takes visitors on an exploration of winemaking’s 2,000 year history.  You can explore the ways trains helped transport the wine, understand how geology and grape varieties affect the tastes, learn about corking, discover how to make wine and, of course, taste some wine!

Beaujolais France

Beaujolais by welix, on Flickr

The Villages

From Beaujeu, in the north, the historic capital of the region with an oil mill to the medieval beauty of Oingt in the south, this region’s villages will not disappoint!  Visiting the Beaujolais region you will find charming hilltop villages offering panoramas which will delight everyone.  Traveling the region, you will also come upon many Chateaux including the Chateau de Bagnols which is now a world class hotel.  Near Romaneche-Thorins there is a 17th century windmill with amazing views of the Saône.  Yes from drawbridges, local craftsmen, ancient chapels and river valleys, the villages of Beaujolais make for a very peaceful, beautiful and delightful experience!

Romaneche-Thorins Beaujolais France

Romaneche-Thorins from wikimedia

Those are a few of the reasons to visit the Beaujolais.  Now go out and grab some Beaujolais Nouveau to personally sample a little of the region!

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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  1. Karl Jobst says:

    Thanks for the auspicious writeup. It in fact used
    to be a entertainment account it. Glance complex to far introduced agreeable
    from you! However, how could we keep up a correspondence?
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  2. Interesting stuff…I’ve always wondered why our local wine shop only had Beaujolais around the holidays:)
    D.J. – The World of Deej recently posted..Where Should We Stay in Las Vegas – You Decide

  3. The scenery looks so beautiful, charming and inviting. Who wouldn’t want to go on the wine and vine theme park? I love fruity wines so will be on the lookout for this now. We didn’t spend Thanksgiving at home this year but this will be great for Christmas. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, Debbie!
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  4. Sophie says:

    Beaujolais is fab – wine and region!
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  5. Margaret says:

    I’d love to go to the wine theme park! You’re right that Beaujolais is great for Thanksgiving. We also serve that and Syrah with our turkey.
    Margaret recently posted..Travel theme: liquid (Olympic Peninsula)

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The wine these park sounded pretty interesting, I have to admit! I’m not a wine aficionado by any stretch but I do enjoy learning more about it.

  6. Christina says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! This looks like a great area to visit. I have been to a few places in France, but not this one. And if you say feels like a Tuscan village, I’m pretty much sold 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      From the pictures I saw, it really did remind me of a Tuscan village! One day I’ll get to Beaujolais too.

  7. Lane says:

    I hadn’t considered Beaujolais with turkey… Well, we have some leftovers, may as well try those together. :o)
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  8. After reading this, I’m eager to add Beaujolais region to my itinerary next time in France. I have to admit I haven’t given the wine a chance. Ready to try it with an open mind. Love the theme park dedicated to wine!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The theme park caught my eye too! I really don’t know much about wine so I’m always up for learning more and this seems like a great atmosphere to do so 🙂

  9. jan says:

    Well those photos say it all. Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and accompanying wine. I love the look of this area of France.
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  10. I am sick and therefore cannot enjoy the taste of a nice bottle of wine this Thanksgiving. I will be making up for that as soon as my taste buds are working again 🙂
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  11. Steve says:

    I do love the color of the stone. It stands out wonderfully in the middle of all the vines, but I’m betting it’s a pain to keep clean.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It does make for a very dramatic picture, doesn’t it! I would hope someone else would be in charge of cleaning the buildings 🙂

  12. This is such a beautiful region of France. I had it on my list last time but ended staying in Paris the whole time instead. Thanks for the heads up on the Beaujolais Nouveau, Debbie. Happy Thanksgiving too!
    InsideJourneys recently posted..Jamaica Travel News: Direct Flights from Central Europe to Begin Soon

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      There is actually of lot of France I’d really like to visit. It is just darn hard to get out of Paris, isn’t it?

  13. Leigh says:

    My husband and I spent a day biking through the region. Actually we spent a day less 3 hours – because that was the length it took us to eat lunch at a winery. It’s a beautiful area and the wines from the area are delicious. Happy drinking Debbie.
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