Gamay is a purple-colored grape variety that is used to make red wines, sparkling wines, and rose. It is most notable grown in Beaujolais, the Loire Valley, and the Willamette Valley. It is a very old cultivar, with evidence that it has been around since the 1300s, yet many wine drinkers are not familiar with it. It is often cultivated for its abundant production, but does produce wines of sophistication in the right situations.
If you are a lover of Pinor Noir (especially Burgundy), then Gamay is a wine that you should seek out, both for its value and quality! Gamay from outside of France is hard to find, but small amounts of it can be found from California and Oregon, with the best bottles coming from the Willamette Valley. If you want to keep reading about Gamay, check out these articles:
- Learn about Gamay
- Why Gamay is a Sommelier’s Secret Weapon
- The Serious Eats Guide to Cru Beaujolais
- A Gamay In Burgundy
And, don’t forget, that we can always special order that great bottle of Cru Beaujolais that you want to try!