Rent a car in search of the wine that is said to be the most sensual of all. The Beaujolais vineyards are some of the most picturesque in the world, with narrow roads winding through sloping vineyards. Follow the valley from Lyon to Mâcon through 55 km of vineyard-filled countryside. The Gamay grape reigns supreme, making wines with extraordinary range, from the light Beaujolais Nouveau, known the world over, to deep, rich reds capable of aging for decades. Each village has given its name to a famous growth: Saint-Amour, Chiroubles, Juliénas, Brouilly, Morgon, Fleury… Here, winemakers work the land and the vine to develop wines sometimes referred to as 'masculine', with a rich, aromatic, and complex palette that they share with their Burgundian neighbours. Beaujolais wine is convivial and made for sharing. The harvesting season is a direct witness to this: it is a time of gathering when everyone picks the bunches of grapes by hand, since this is one of the remaining regions to resist mechanical harvesting. Throughout France, it is also the source of a genuine national celebration. Every third Thursday of November the arrival of the new Beaujolais is celebrated in bistros throughout the country.