Gamay [ga-may]

Definition: A common grape grown in Burgundy and several other regions, especially used to make Beaujolais wines. It was probably named after the village of Gamay in the Cote du Beaune. Also called gamay noir a jus blanc.

Grown primarily in: Austria and France - Beaujolais

Best Climate: Cool

Winemaking: Made generally the same way pinot noir is -- with a gentle hand. Is usually 100% varietal.

Nose: Berry, fresh, sweet fruit.

Mouth: Fruity, light to medium body, medium acids.

Note: A very light, fruity style of this wine is Nouveau Beaujolais which should be consumed within 6 to 8 months after bottling.

Your Guide to the Varietal Grape

Varietal Facts

Select any varietal on the list below to learn the facts!

Barbera Cabernet Franc
Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay
Gamay Gamay Beaujolais
Gerwurztraminer Malbec
Merlot Nebbiolo
Petite Sirah Petite Verdot
Pinot Blanc Pinot Meunier
Pinot Noir Riesling
Sauvignon Blanc Sangiovese
Semillon Syrah
Viognier Zinfandel