Beaujolais strictly produces only one variety of grapes, Gamay. The region produces mostly red wine with only about 1% of the wine produced being white. With a fruity, bubble-gum like aroma, Beaujolais is a light-bodied red wine with high acidity and low tannins. Beaujolais has a long history of winemaking and has relatively recently begun producing the Beaujolais Nouveau wine.
The pinkish-red wine is called ‘nouveau’ or new because the crushed grapes are bottled just weeks after being harvested. Being young, Beaujolais Nouveau wine is much cheaper than its aged Beaujolais cousins, but that didn’t prevent the locals from dedicating a whole day to it. Under French law, the official time for the release of Beaujolais Nouveau wine is at 12:01 am on the third Thursday of November – the Beaujolais Nouveau Day.