Gamay Beaujolais [ga-may boe-joe-lay]

Definition: Not the true gamay grape of France, but rather a clone or strain of pinot noir

Grown primarily in: United States

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: It is now thought that gamay beaujolais (Napa gamay) is the Valdiguie grape of southern France.

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