The Sarmentelles of Beaujeu
An exceptional celebration, it is the international rendezvous that marks the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. It is in Beaujeu, at the historic heart of the wine-making region, that every year, on this exact date, the new vintage of Beaujolais comes out. On the Wednesday, the festivities start with the Tasting Competition, then the inductions. At 7pm the guests, who have come from 20 to 25 different countries, come to the huge, beautifully decorated tent for the dinner show. The festival continues with the torchlight procession and finally the grand finale at midnight: the spectacular broaching of the Beaujolais Nouveau barrels, with fireworks and free tasting of the new vintage. The most courageous will dance the night away under the tent... The festival continues until Sunday with the Marché de la Création (an artists' market), the Wedding Expo, the Wine Expo (the opportunity to fill up your wine cellar with all the different wines from Beaujolais), various types of entertainment for the young and old, beef skewers, local cuisine, etc. And all of this centred around Beaujolais Nouveau.