The Beaujolais appellation is the widest spread of the region, covering about 24 square miles in the south and east. The vines grow in limestone-clay and granitic soils over 72 villages. Like every red and rosé produced in the region, wines from the Beaujolais appellation are made of the Gamay grape, with the exception of white Beaujolais, which is made of Chardonnay.
Since 1937, 1,800 vine growers have produced an average of 41 million bottles a year. Roughly 65 percent of Beaujolais Nouveau comes from this appellation, the remainder coming from the Beaujolais Villages area.