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Around 30km northeast of Lyon, the countryside becomes increasingly hilly as you approach the Beaujolais region, where the light, fruity red wines hail from. Fashionable to drink when it is young, Beaujolais is made from the Gamay grape, which thrives on the area’s granite soil. Of the three Beaujolais appellations, the best are the crus, which come from the northern part of the region between St-Amour and Brouilly. If you have your own transport, you can follow the cru trail that leads up the D68 to St-Amour, before wending your way along the D31. Beaujolais Villages produces the most highly regarded nouveau, which comes from the middle of the region, while plain Beaujolais are produced in the vineyards southwest of Villefranche-sur-Saône.

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