Just 40 minutes from Lyon, the capital of gastronomy, Beaujolais is popularly known as ‘Lyon’s vineyard’ or ‘Lyon’s third river’.
This famous winemaking region at the northern end of the Rhône department and to the south of Burgundy, spreads over around 55 km (34 miles) on a north-south axis,
The Beaujolais region brings you a really diverse array of landscapes, from woodland to plains and slopes where vinegrowing has made its home. This is why there are no fewer than 12 Beaujolais wine appellations: 10 Beaujolais Crus, Beaujolais-Villages and Beaujolais.
The name Beaujolais comes from Beaujeu, the region’s historic capital.
Vines have been treading the slopes of Régnié-Durette since antiquity. It was Romans who introduced them to Gaul, to the Beaujolais region and to Régnié, as shown by the discovery of the vestiges of a Gallo-Roman villa that belonged to Réginus, the Roman noble who gave his name to the commune.
From the 11th to the 14th centuries, the Lords of Beaujeu put their stamp not only on the Beaujolais region, but also on its neighbouring regions.
Régnié gaining recognition as a Beaujolais Cru was the fruit of the combined diligent work of a number of vinegrower-winemakers and the municipality of Régnié-Durette.
The INOA granted this recognition in October 1988, based on the quality of the wines and the typicity of the terroirs in Régnié-Durette. Allowing Régnié to join its neighbours Morgon and Brouilly as one of the 10 Beaujolais Crus.