I’m in the Espace Pierres Folles. You can see the diversity of soils.
More than 70 types have been identified.
The soil influences grape quality: sugar content, tannins, acidity and the character of the wine. The difference is noticeable with Beaujolais reds, where only Gamay is used.
Each appellation has its own personality. Chiroubles, Fleurie, Moulin-à-Vent and Regnié are produced mostly on granite soils. Julienas
and Côte de Brouilly soils are mostly bluestone. Brouilly, Morgon and Saint-Amour have a variety of soils.
A soil study was carried out to help Beaujolais winegrowers understand their land better. They then adapted their skills to allow the wines to fully express the terroir, and to preserve the natural heritage that they love.
You can see why !