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Beaujolais Heading for Sparkling Wine Appellation

 During the past few decades the amounts of sparkling wine produced in the Beaujolais region have been rather assessable. These wines are declared as table wines and classified as Vins de France.


“A Beaujolais sparkling wine appellation doesn’t want to compete with the established sparkling wines, like champagne, secco, or cava”, jean Bourjade, CEO of Inter Beaujolais, declares. “Our producers want to present their sparkling wines differently. The sparkling wines should have a relatively moderate content of alcohol (about volume percent), and at the same time a higher content of residual sugar. The gamay grape variety, which is characterized by a natural acidity and freshness but which makes the fruit explode, is suitable for this.”

Regarding the acceptance of sparkling wines from famous growing areas all over the world, Inter Beaujolais is hopeful their sparkling wines combined with a targeted campaign to upgrade the Beaujolais Nouveau wine growing area. However, the future Beaujolais sparkling wines are not to be produced in one of the ten Beaujolais Crus (Saint-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin à Vent, Morgon, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Brouilly, Côte de Brouilly, as well as Régnié).

In case the status sought, as the vintners hope, “… we’ll be able to enter a new market”, Mr. Bourjade states. By now the number of bottles of sparkling wine produced in the Beaujolais region amount to 600,000 to 800,000 bottles per year. “If we obtain the status of sparkling wine appellation we’ll be allowed to increase to several millions of bottles”, Mr. Bourjade is certain. The certainty of Inter Beaujolais also comes due to an increased market share in the UK – even though Beaujolais Nouveau did not make any investments. (red.yoopress)

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