A strategic location
Located just a few kilometres north of Lyon and less than 200 km west of Geneva in Switzerland, the Beaujolais winegrowing area has always benefited from a favourable location.
It stands on the crossroads of many major routes, a strategic location that contributed to its rapid growth from the 17th century onwards.
It straddles the northern half of the Rhône department and the far south of the Saône-et-Loire department in Burgundy. The Beaujolais region is therefore easy to reach, just 20 minutes from Lyon and half an hour from Mâcon.
The Beaujolais region is bordered by the Upper Beaujolais mountain range in the west and the Saône River in the east.
Villefranche-sur-Saône is the official capital of the Beaujolais region, although Beaujeu (to the west of Belleville further north) remains the historic capital thanks to the Lords of Beaujeu who did a great deal to develop and build the reputation of the region’s wine.
A region that is easily accessible
A break in the Beaujolais region has plenty of surprises in store for you… And getting here couldn’t be easier:
if you're coming by car, there are four exits off the A6 motorway into the Beaujolais region: Villefranche-sur-Saône north or south, Belleville-sur-Saône and Mâcon.
Lyon is only two hours on the TGV from Geneva and Paris, and Mâcon-Loché is just an hour and a half from Paris with TER regional train services to Belleville and Villefranche, among others.
The Beaujolais region is just 30 minutes from Lyon Saint-Exupéry International airport. There are flights from most cities in France and Switzerland/ and a number of cities in the UK.
The most original way to get here is by river
The Saône River flows through the Beaujolais region. So take advantage of a river cruise to visit the winegrowing area. It was by river that the barrels and bottles of Beaujolais used to be transported to Paris three centuries ago.
The Beaujolais region welcomes you with open arms, come quickly to discover its vineyards and its wonderful, hidden landscapes.