Beaujolais Nouveau Day is celebrated in France on the third Thursday of November each year. Towns and villages explode in fireworks, music and festivals to mark the release of the year’s wines from the many vineyards that define the country as one of the affluent suppliers of the most exclusive batches to the world. festivities extend to Brisbane hosted by Alliance Française at Newstead House.
The 2019 Beaujolais vintage, will be presented by the owner of Bottli, Nathalie Tacquet whose passion has led her to bring the finest wines of France to Australia with her organisation offering home-delivered discovery packs of French wines, to introduce people to the art of drinking and savouring fine wines.
Beaujolais Nouveau is France’s most famous “primeur” – a young wine that is produced quickly – and approximately 25 million bottles are produced every year. It is bottled only a few weeks after harvest, so the winemakers require special artisanal techniques and yeasts to accelerate the fermentation process. Beaujolais Nouveau is produced using carbonic maceration, or whole-berry fermentation, to preserve the fresh and fruity quality of the grapes without extracting bitter tannins from the skins.
The origins of Beaujolais Nouveau reach back into the 19th century, where it came about as a cheap and cheerful beverage produced by locals to celebrate the end of harvest season. It has since evolved and the celebration has circulated beyond France.
A ticketed event, guests can expect to enjoy two glasses of Beaujolais nouveau, perfectly paired with a chef’s selection of premium cheeses, charcuterie, and other delicacies.
WHERE & WHEN:
2019 Beaujolais Nouveau
Saturday 23 November, 4pm to 6pm
Newstead House, Newstead Park, Breakfast Creek Rd, QLD, 4006
Tickets: $65 ($55 for Alliance Française Members)