' wine vocation dates back to ancient times. It would appear that Julienas was indeed named after Julius Caesar, and that there have been vineyards here since Gallo-Roman times. In fact, Julienas was probably one of the first wine growing areas in the Beaujolais region.
An AOC since 1938, the Julienas vineyards are located in the extreme north of the Rhône département, bordering the Saône-et-Loire and the Mâconnais wine region. The appellation covers 620 hectares spread over Julienas and the villages of Jullié, Emeringes and Pruzilly. Almost all the vineyards benefit from an excellent southeast/south exposure. Julienas is also situated in a small valley which is well sheltered from the north and west winds. The resulting microclimate and the altitude of the vineyards, ranging between 230 m and 430 m, provide ideal conditions in which the grapes can ripen well. The appellation lies partly on terrain of granitic origin to the west and partly on the sedimentary (old alluvial) terrain to the east.
Julienas wine is made solely from the Gamay Noir à jus blanc (black Gamay with white juice), the grape variety used throughout the Beaujolais. Maceration is carried out with whole bunches of grapes. The Winemaking is the traditional vinification used in the Beaujolais region and therefore features semi-carbonic maceration. Fermentation lasts from 6 to 10 days depending on the characteristics of the harvested grapes (the year, degree of millerandage (shot berries), age of the vines, etc.). The wines of Julienas, well built and rich in colour, are among the Beaujolais Crus that can age well. Les Vignobles Laurent Perrachon, Maison Trenel and Maison Coquard offer excellent examples of the very best of the appellation.
More informations on the website of the wines of Juliénas